A Surreal Skateboarding Journey Through China's Infamous Ghost Town

A skate video shot entirely in Ordos, formerly the 'Dubai of northern China.'

In this video, director Charles Lanceplaine follows a group of skaters looking to try their tricks in a new and different environment -- only to discover a glittering, modern city devoid of human occupants.

Originally built to house one million residents, the city of Ordos in northern China is now almost completely deserted. Despite China’s much-lauded building boom, soaring property prices have kept occupants at bay. Ordos is now the largest ghost town in China -- thought to be a stark example of China’s impending real estate bubble.

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Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

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