August 28, 2018

Top 5 Ghost towns From Around The Globe

by Prince Chandran

Ghost towns are often referred to places with very less human population or no humans at all, more precisely abandoned towns. That’s what makes them ghost towns, at least. As we are about to find out, however, that is not always so.

But there are some ghost towns which are in the middle of huge cities. In some cases, people in these major cities don’t know about the existence of the ghost towns right in their own backyard.  Here are ten such abandoned locales.

 

Goussainville-Vieux Pays, Paris

    Goussainville-Vieux Pays, Paris  

This abandoned town shares it borders with the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. This place is so close to the airport that it is considered as a part of the runway approach.

The reason for people to vacate this place is also the airport. Huge sum of people left this place for the first time when a after a Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic airplane participating in the Paris Air Show crashed into the town. The airplane destroyed 15 homes and a school. Eight villagers were also killed, along with six crew members. This was during the construction of the airport in 1973.

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And later the rest of the town also left when the noise of the airplanes was unbearable,  they just left Goussainville-Vieux Pays without even bothering to sell their houses.

 

Olympic Village – Wustermark

  Olympic Village - Wustermark  

This town on the edge of the Berlin city was built by the Nazi Germany in 1936 during the Berlin Olympics. Hitler built this place for propaganda purposes to show off the might of the Nazi Germany.

No Olympic Games had been televised prior to the 1936 Olympics. Hitler chose this as the perfect moment to show the world the superiority and beauty of Germany. Hitler famously tried stopping blacks and Jews from competing in the games but backed down after several countries threatened to withdraw from the event. The village hosted about 4,000 athletes.

Later the village was converted into an military base during  World War II, and a Soviet Union Barrack after the war. Soon after Germany was unified Soviet army left and it remained abandoned ever since.

 

Thames Town – Shanghai

  Thames Town - Shanghai

Thames Town, Songjiang District, is a 40 minute drive from the downtown Shanghai.  The government built this place to push people from the over populated city center to underpopulated part of the Metropolis.

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But it was a failed attempt by the government after a property bubble made the houses too expensive for the middle class. Most of the houses are owned by rich people, who either keep them as vacation home.

The town looked like a  miniature  replicas of famous locations across the world. Thames Town is a replica of Britain. It is even named after the River Thames. The government of Shanghai spent over two billion yuan to build the city.

   

Olympic Park – Rio De Janeiro

  Olympic Park - Rio De Janeiro  

To host the 2016 summer Olympics, the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro agreed to construct a full-size sports village for the games. The result was a 300-acre village that cost 2.5 billion Brazilian real. But the expenditure could not save it from becoming a ghost town.

Electricity, water, and sanitary facilities that were all present during the Olympics are no more. Even the high-rise Marriott hotel that was built for the games is abandoned.

And the other problem was the distance from the city center, to reach the Olympic park from Rio De Janeiro would take up to 2 hours of travelling and changing several buses. . It fell into disrepair just six months after the Olympics.

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Tianducheng, Hangzhou

  Tianducheng, Hangzhou  

This town in Zhejiang province, is another copycat cities of China. This time, it is modeled after Paris. It is also relatively near Shanghai. Hangzhou itself is not a small city. It has a population of nearly ten million people, although this is no match for Shanghai’s 24 million.

This was actually built for 10000 Chinese who wanted a replica of Paris and their own Eiffel Tower. But the people never came. The city is more of a destination for tourists and newlyweds who need good locations for their wedding photo shoot. Only about 2,000 people have actually moved in.

Tianducheng is unpopular because of its distance from the main city center’s of Hangzhou and Shanghai’sand lack of public transportation. This town will not remain as ghost town forever  If Shanghai or any of the neighboring cities expand in size, people will be forced to live in Tianducheng.

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