By 2026, China wants to have 250 million of its rural citizens moved into cities.
That’s a lot of citizens, and while China has a lot of cities, they don’t have quite enough space to accommodate an extra 250 million people.
To solve this problem, the Chinese government is in the process of building brand new municipalitiesthat, once finished, will house these people. As photographerKai Caemmerer explained to The Independent:
“Unlike in the US, where cities often begin as small developments and grow in accordance to the local industries, these new Chinese cities are built to the point of near completion before introducing people.”
Fascinated by these empty, eerie cities, waiting for people to come and inhabit them, Kai started a photo series – Unborn Cities – to document these “contemporary ghost town[s]”.
He described the experience of photographing these cities as “surreal”. We can only imagine.
H/T / Image Credits: The Independent