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China's Empty Cities

When Dateline visited China’s vast empty cities in 2011, it became one of our most popular stories ever with over three million views online.

So are the uninhabited towns now bustling with residents? And is the building of unwanted homes and businesses still continuing?

Adrian Brown returns to China for Dateline to answer those questions… and finds 20 new cities are taking shape in this year alone.

There’s already a near deserted replica of Paris complete with its own Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees, while even levelling a range of 700 mountains can’t stand in the way of another vast new conurbation.

With China’s population and prosperity growing at a rapid rate, Adrian also asks an expert if it’s all good urban forward planning or an economic bubble that’s about to burst.

WATCH - Follow Adrian on his latest tour of China’s Empty Cities.

BLOG - Adrian blogs about his return to China’s empty cities, and the mixed response from the Chinese to all the media attention.

SATELLITE VIEW - The satellite images of the empty cities in Adrian's report show their scale and in many cases the lack of signs of life.

EXTRA - Follow the links on the right-hand side of the page to find out more about the places and people in Adrian's story.

CHINA'S GHOST CITIES - Watch Adrian's original story from 2011, which has been viewed over three million times online.


On air: 10th September 2013

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