China’s largest, abandoned “ghost town” captured in eerie but strangely beautiful set of images

This photo series by photographer Raphael Olivier captures the eeriness of Ordos, Inner Mongolia – also known as the largest Chinese “ghost town”. Located in a province rich with natural resources, its local government invested in developing a new city during the late nineties, which would become a cultural and economic hub.

Unfortunately the dream did not reflect the reality, and without the urban planning and long-term vision, the city was doomed to failure. Its fate is illustrated in Olivier’s photographs, which depict the area as almost dream-like.

Olivier explains, “The city is now a surreal landscape of empty streets, decaying monuments, abandoned buildings and half-finished housing projects. It is more than anywhere the symbol of the Chinese Dream with all its challenges and contradictions, an Orwellian vision of a bright future caught up by a less flamboyant reality.”

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