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This Flock 1 image, acquired 24 January 2015, shows the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia, China.

This city has gained a reputation for being a "ghost town" due to the small population currently living in the city. Built with the capacity to house over a million people when construction began in 2003, this brand new city was expected to reach that total by 2010, but currently only hosts a population of approximately 20,000 instead.

Due to a variety of reasons, the city was never completely finished, leaving a dichotomous mix of new construction and abandoned sections of the city which were left uncompleted. The price of homes in the city was so high when the construction began that few people could afford it. It is estimated that 98% of the city is either still under construction or completely uninhabited.

In this image we can see tall apartment buildings and frozen lakes in the Kangbashi New Area, located close to the Ordos Desert.

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Credit: Image © 2015 Planet Labs Inc. - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team

Ordos City

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