Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sino-African Ghost City Serves an Unknown Future


Kilamba, Angola. Image Source: Daily Mail.

Last year, the BBC reported (here and here) on a city the Chinese built on the outskirts of the capital city of Angola:
A giant new Chinese-built city has sprung up on the outskirts of Angola's capital Luanda. Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a brand-new mixed residential development of 750 eight-storey apartment buildings, a dozen schools and more than 100 retail units. Designed to house up to half a million people when complete, Kilamba has been built by the state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) in under three years at a reported cost of $3.5bn (£2.2bn). But on a recent trip back to Luanda, the BBC's former Angola correspondent Louise Redvers discovered that most of the buildings currently lie empty, as this footage she recorded shows.
This city is reportedly eerily quiet, while local people are hired to manicure the lawns and keep the buildings in repair.
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