Friday, April 3, 2009
The Urban Ghost Towns of Hohhot
Urban development in China continues at a furious pace. Visitors and residents in Beijing and Shanghai are all too familiar with the razing of old neighborhoods, some with considerable heritage and historical value. What comes next is usually another set of high rise apartment buildings. This process of hyper-rapid development is taking place in just about every city in the country.
In my wanderings around Hohhot, provincial capital of Inner Mongolia (China), I've come across some half-demolished neighborhoods in and around the older section of the city. What makes the situation all the more surreal is that among the brick heaps and toppling walls are a smattering of hobbles that are still lived in.