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    Read Ghost Cities of China Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wade Shepard An excellent book by a man who has been roaming the world for several years reporting back on trends and places that North Americans know too little about Should be found in every public library and in the private library of everyone intereste

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wade Shepard This is an excellent book on modern China Shepard builds on the excellent material freuently posted on his blog to bring together a refreshing if a little sympathetic perspective on the growth of Chinese cities

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) A very readable profile on the Chinese real estate market which provides uniue insight on the legal and cultural structures that contribute to that market's strange conditions However I must fault the author with providing economic analysis th

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary Read Ghost Cities of China Read this on a 22 hour train across the country Was a good background overview to the unfathomable construction boom apparent out the window An important book

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    Read Ghost Cities of China Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Ever since I moved to China in 2011 I have wanted to read a book like Wade Shepard’s Ghost Cities of China The Story of Cities Without People in the World’s Most Populated Country published by Zed Books in 2015 Since living these past six years in Beijing and Shanghai I have developed the habit of going on l

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Read Ghost Cities of China This book is part of the Asian Arguments series this particular title focuses on the so called “Ghost Cities” of China which the author explains is really a bit of a misnomer Shepard has done his homework and rolls out the dizzying list of facts and stats When the Communists took control in 1949 China had 69 cities and today

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Ghost Cities of China is uality discourse on primarily the economic and bureaucratic underpinnings that propel the recent

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wade Shepard Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary For the past several years the phenomena of China's ghost cities idle property developments void of habitation h

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    [Read] (Ghost Cities of China) Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary Read Ghost Cities of China Would have given full pints nicely written but disappointingly not a single photograph in it even though the topic would have been than just inviting to show the cities and areas being discussed So one can only google pictures but that doesn't really give credit to the fascinating places the author describes

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    Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Wade Shepard Wade Shepard ´ 5 Summary Read Ghost Cities of China I loved reading about a topic that’s not often brought up It’s like looking into a different world I know little about yet it’s scaling rapidly I liked how the author posted a uestion in the beginning and addressed it positively in the end

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Ghost Cities of China

Ghost Cities of China Free download å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Rdrive As China redraws its map with new cities it isn't just creating new urban areas but also engineering a new culture and way of life Yet many of these new cities such as the infamous Kangbashi and Yujiapu stand nearly empty construction having ground to a halt due to the loss of investors and colossal debt In Ghost Cities of China Wade Shepard examines this phenomen. Ever since I moved to China in 2011 I have wanted to read a book like Wade Shepard s Ghost Cities of China The Story of Cities Without People in the World s Most Populated Country published by Zed Books in 2015 Since living these past six years in Beijing and Shanghai I have developed the habit of going on long meandering walks through unfamiliar parts of the city During these excursions I uickly noticed that the older decaying communities near where I lived the very enclaves that gave my adopted hometowns their uniue character often transformed into piles of rubble without noticeI was left to wonder Where did that noodle shop goWhat happened to that great jianbing guyHow about those kids that were playing in the street just last weekSometimes in the week after the destruction of an urban village masons would build a wall around the newly freed land Sometimes the lot just lied in ruin for months And sometimes construction workers and euipment swooped in and began the process of transmogrification into vertical gray black office spires White collar workers then spent their day there perhaps grabbing a coffee at lunch in the overpriced cafe on the first floor and vacated the premises at the end of the business day in favor of apartments in newly built skyscraper boxes over an hour away in the suburbs A neighborhood that once teemed with activity at all times of the day and night was left eerily empty in the darkWhat is the logic behind this processI knew that Chinese real estate was ridiculously expensive but never uite grasped all of the complex machinations that facilitated its development from communal property into a uasi private form of individual financial asset for the laobaixing Thankfully Wade Shepard provides a thorough primer on the subject Because approximately one fifth of China s GDP is related to the real estate industry anyone interested in the contemporary Chinese economy should read this thoroughly entertaining and highly informative bookWade Shepard is an experienced freelance journalist His crisp and clean writing style reflects years on the beat for Forbes South China Morning Post and countless other reputable sources The book is based on two plus years of research travel and interviews with experts and people on the ground His clear no nonsense approach is a welcome reprieve for this professor who probably reads too many academic articles and dissertations converted for publication Ghost Cities comes in at just over 200 pages and is comprised of ten mostly narrative based chapters The first and last chapters serve as introduction and conclusion without being termed as such Chapters 2 through 9 address the variety of topics needed to understand the unprecedented and uniuely Chinese phenomenon of large scale urbanization Clearing the Land Chapter 2 describes the nature and necessity of local government land sales to private developers Some cities are so desperate for the cash and recognition that accompany GDP growth that they have literally moved mountains in order to create higher value marketable land Powering the New China Chapter 8 explains the monumental task of providing electricity to one billion urban dwellers Though China is poised to become a leader in alternative energy for decades to come it has an insatiable demand that dictates a long term reliance on dirty coal power as well By 2030 the country will have installed over 2500 gigawatts of annual electricity supply production an installed base that is approximately two and a half times that of the United StatesOther chapters describe in detail the nature of the ghost city appellation so eagerly employed by Western media outlets like 60 Minutes Business Insider and Time In fact Shepard successfully argues that the term ghost city itself is a misnomer With connotations inherited from America s old Wild West it implies the depopulation of a formerly thriving center of commerce When you say ghost city in America thoughts turn to old mining towns abandoned Catskills mountaintop resorts and strip hotels along Route 66 But the character of ghost cities in China is exactly the oppositeIn this sense the Western media offers a criticism that is woefully misplaced Zhengdong New District in Zhengzhou Nanhui in Shanghai Tianjin s Ecocity and even infamous deserted desert district Ordos Kangbashi have all seen millions of people inhabit these areas after their embarrassing ghost city exposure If you pause to think about it for just a second that is the way it should work These cities are built in anticipation of a flood of new residents They are not going to reach capacity in a year They probably will not even reach capacity in a decade In a country where only one fifth of its 14 billion people lived in cities at the beginning of Deng Xiaoping s grand hybrid capitalist experiment and which has literally only just reached the halfway point in its goal of having one billion urban citizens by 2050 how else is this process going to work This Field of Dreams build it and they will come philosophy is absolutely necessaryThe Party perceives Chinese urbanization as a priority for a variety of reasons The primary reason is uite simple Urban dwellers consume Thus they contribute significantly to GDP in the long run than self sufficient farmers In the short run permanent construction offers a temporary super boost to GDP Shepard lists a variety of other reasons as well Another reason perhaps is to limit the chance of rural revolt by reversing the Mao maxim the countryside surrounds the city In future China it is clear that the city surrounds the countryside 90 Thus for ambitious Party leaders rapid urban development is a good way to earn a promotionThis immutable aspect of human nature the desire to succeed in one s individual career explains a lot about the nature of China s local debt problem Indeed various sources cite Chinese net debt as approaching 30 trillion The success of temporary city leaders increasingly relies on the undertaking of grandiose projects like the creation of endless central business districts shopping malls and Western style suburbs These projects reuire extensive financing forcing cities to become ever dependent on land sales for income to service these massive debtsBut Shepard points out what should be obvious to Western China doomsayers like Gordon Chang who wrote The Coming Collapse of China in 2001 Party operated locales mostly owe debt to Party operated financial institutions These same banks and funds have consistently shown a willingness to restructure this debt to accommodate the successful realization of government goals And it s not like these new infrastructure investments are all sunk cost leviathans They do earn money Eventually For example the current Prime Minister Li Keiang initiated a 258 billion investment in Zhengzhou s Zhengdong New District in 2003 48 However in a scant ten years later its economy was growing at a healthy clip around 13% and already returning 122 billion in annual tax revenues to Beijing 55 For economists like myself who prefer to take the long term view that s a pretty healthy return on investment Aside from Shenzhen and Shanghai s Pudong District the classic examples of Chinese development success this book provides many examples of flourishing urban planningThe only aspect of this book that I found fault with was the author s claim that the Chinese housing market is readjusting and topping out 204 In 2016 Chinese real estate prices increased an average of 19% nationwide But this criticism does not disprove the main thesis of Ghost CitiesWith just a little patience most but probably not all of China s ghost cities will likely be accretive to GDP and contribute to the grand strategy of Chinese leadership Sadly the West often lacks these ualities the ability to think in decades instead of uarters the ability to execute and complete large scale projects when it comes to finance and economicsA little boots on the ground perspective goes a long way Note To see this review with pictures go here Jeremiah ODonovan Rossa years in Beijing and Shanghai I have developed the habit of going on long meandering walks through unfamiliar parts of the city During these excursions I uickly noticed that the older decaying communities near where I lived the very enclaves that gave my adopted hometowns their uniue character often transformed into piles of rubble without noticeI was left to wonder Where did that noodle shop goWhat happened to that great jianbing guyHow about those kids that were playing in the street just last weekSometimes in the week after the destruction of an urban village masons would build a wall around the newly freed land Sometimes the lot just lied in ruin for months And sometimes construction workers and euipment swooped in and began the process of transmogrification into vertical gray black office spires White collar workers then spent their day there perhaps grabbing a coffee at lunch in the overpriced cafe on the first floor and vacated the premises at the end of the business day in favor of apartments in newly built skyscraper boxes over an hour away in the suburbs A neighborhood that once teemed with activity at all times of the day and night was left eerily empty in the darkWhat is the logic behind this processI knew that Chinese real estate was ridiculously expensive but never uite grasped all of the complex machinations that facilitated its development from communal property into a uasi private form of individual financial asset for the laobaixing Thankfully Wade Shepard provides a thorough primer on the subject Because approximately one fifth of China s GDP is related to the real estate industry anyone interested in the contemporary Chinese economy should read this thoroughly entertaining and highly informative bookWade Shepard is an experienced freelance journalist His crisp and clean writing style reflects Rural Livelihoods and Diversity in Developing Countries years on the beat for Forbes South China Morning Post and countless other reputable sources The book is based on two plus Snow on Snow on Snow years of research travel and interviews with experts and people on the ground His clear no nonsense approach is a welcome reprieve for this professor who probably reads too many academic articles and dissertations converted for publication Ghost Cities comes in at just over 200 pages and is comprised of ten mostly narrative based chapters The first and last chapters serve as introduction and conclusion without being termed as such Chapters 2 through 9 address the variety of topics needed to understand the unprecedented and uniuely Chinese phenomenon of large scale urbanization Clearing the Land Chapter 2 describes the nature and necessity of local government land sales to private developers Some cities are so desperate for the cash and recognition that accompany GDP growth that they have literally moved mountains in order to create higher value marketable land Powering the New China Chapter 8 explains the monumental task of providing electricity to one billion urban dwellers Though China is poised to become a leader in alternative energy for decades to come it has an insatiable demand that dictates a long term reliance on dirty coal power as well By 2030 the country will have installed over 2500 gigawatts of annual electricity supply production an installed base that is approximately two and a half times that of the United StatesOther chapters describe in detail the nature of the ghost city appellation so eagerly employed by Western media outlets like 60 Minutes Business Insider and Time In fact Shepard successfully argues that the term ghost city itself is a misnomer With connotations inherited from America s old Wild West it implies the depopulation of a formerly thriving center of commerce When Perenbomen bloeien wit you say ghost city in America thoughts turn to old mining towns abandoned Catskills mountaintop resorts and strip hotels along Route 66 But the character of ghost cities in China is exactly the oppositeIn this sense the Western media offers a criticism that is woefully misplaced Zhengdong New District in Zhengzhou Nanhui in Shanghai Tianjin s Ecocity and even infamous deserted desert district Ordos Kangbashi have all seen millions of people inhabit these areas after their embarrassing ghost city exposure If Skaza you pause to think about it for just a second that is the way it should work These cities are built in anticipation of a flood of new residents They are not going to reach capacity in a Envisioned Life Essays in Honor of Eva Brann year They probably will not even reach capacity in a decade In a country where only one fifth of its 14 billion people lived in cities at the beginning of Deng Xiaoping s grand hybrid capitalist experiment and which has literally only just reached the halfway point in its goal of having one billion urban citizens by 2050 how else is this process going to work This Field of Dreams build it and they will come philosophy is absolutely necessaryThe Party perceives Chinese urbanization as a priority for a variety of reasons The primary reason is uite simple Urban dwellers consume Thus they contribute significantly to GDP in the long run than self sufficient farmers In the short run permanent construction offers a temporary super boost to GDP Shepard lists a variety of other reasons as well Another reason perhaps is to limit the chance of rural revolt by reversing the Mao maxim the countryside surrounds the city In future China it is clear that the city surrounds the countryside 90 Thus for ambitious Party leaders rapid urban development is a good way to earn a promotionThis immutable aspect of human nature the desire to succeed in one s individual career explains a lot about the nature of China s local debt problem Indeed various sources cite Chinese net debt as approaching 30 trillion The success of temporary city leaders increasingly relies on the undertaking of grandiose projects like the creation of endless central business districts shopping malls and Western style suburbs These projects reuire extensive financing forcing cities to become ever dependent on land sales for income to service these massive debtsBut Shepard points out what should be obvious to Western China doomsayers like Gordon Chang who wrote The Coming Collapse of China in 2001 Party operated locales mostly owe debt to Party operated financial institutions These same banks and funds have consistently shown a willingness to restructure this debt to accommodate the successful realization of government goals And it s not like these new infrastructure investments are all sunk cost leviathans They do earn money Eventually For example the current Prime Minister Li Keiang initiated a 258 billion investment in Zhengzhou s Zhengdong New District in 2003 48 However in a scant ten Batch years later its economy was growing at a healthy clip around 13% and already returning 122 billion in annual tax revenues to Beijing 55 For economists like myself who prefer to take the long term view that s a pretty healthy return on investment Aside from Shenzhen and Shanghai s Pudong District the classic examples of Chinese development success this book provides many examples of flourishing urban planningThe only aspect of this book that I found fault with was the author s claim that the Chinese housing market is readjusting and topping out 204 In 2016 Chinese real estate prices increased an average of 19% nationwide But this criticism does not disprove the main thesis of Ghost CitiesWith just a little patience most but probably not all of China s ghost cities will likely be accretive to GDP and contribute to the grand strategy of Chinese leadership Sadly the West often lacks these ualities the ability to think in decades instead of uarters the ability to execute and complete large scale projects when it comes to finance and economicsA little boots on the ground perspective goes a long way Note To see this review with pictures go here

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Ghost Cities of China Free download å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free On up close He posits that the shedding of traditional social structures in the country is at an advanced stage and a rootless consumption centric globalized culture is rapidly taking its place Incorporating interviews and on the ground investigation Ghost Cities of China examines China’s under populated modern cities and the country’s overly ambitious building progra. Ghost Cities of China is uality discourse on primarily the economic and bureaucratic underpinnings that propel the recent urbanization phenomenon sweeping across China like wildfire The author maintains a strong focus on what has been mis characterized about ghost cities while bringing in some pertinent anecdotes and ualitative research to back up the uantitative measures he s uncoveredAt times though I found the narrative repetitive offering one too many examples The examples surely highlight how systematic the urbanization trend is across the country yet the author could have spent of his wordspace delving into the conseuences the sameness brought on by China as Sim City has and will continue to wrought So much of what is said could have been summed up in much fewer words China has a heavily internalized and centrally controlled economy Chinese citizens have been trained to place the wealth of their labors into property Chinese municipalities achieve funds primarily through land developmentThose aforementioned facts are reinforced throughout Ghost Cities in China Not only that the author loves to marvel at the audacity of the geographic economic and temporal scales involved He denigrates foreign media rightfully so for being na ve and provincial in their thinking Even so whereas the media are certainly influential the author chose to attack their flimsy arguments instead of chasing the meatier aspects behind the ghost cities Those aspects were grazed lightly such as when the author interviews a local Chinese struggling amidst the newfangled cities Whenever the local castigates being treated like a disposable peon or denigrates the built environments lack of authenticity or rages at the rat race their government is putting them through the author only lightly touches on the backstory Certainly there is information on forced evictions architectural blunders and the erasure of thousands of years of Chinese culture history Yet as with the Communist government who has deemed those factors irrelevant the author passes them by as though they are footnotes on the march towards economic supremacy The natural environment gets the same glancing blow Ultimately bias seeps through this book It is an understandable bias one commonly seen when in awe of previously unseen scales in full bloom The author could have utilized a critical eye in looking at the conseuences of the enormous urbanization endeavor unfolding in China and by doing so he may have asked the uestion seriously lacking in the narrative they can but should they

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Ghost Cities of China Free download å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Over the next couple of decades it is estimated that 250 million Chinese citizens will move from rural areas into cities pushing the country’s urban population over one billion China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past thirty years and hundreds are set to be built by 2030 as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into ove. A very readable profile on the Chinese real estate market which provides uniue insight on the legal and cultural structures that contribute to that market s strange conditions However I must fault the author with providing economic analysis that fails to uphold basic economic principles The author falls into the common trap of people who study China Many choose their study of China because of their love and admiration for the country This leads to an overwhelming compulsion to proclaim everything China does as a success This is shortsighted but not uniue to this book

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  • Ghost Cities of China
  • Wade Shepard
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  • 11 May 2020
  • 9781783602186