Coal-rich Ordos aimed to become 'Dubai of China'

Kangabashi area known as 'Ghost Town' due to its lack of people, had planned to house 1.5 million residents
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Sightseers walk past the uniquely shaped Ordos Museum in the civic centre section of Ordos, Inner Mongolia on September 12, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A young girl walks amongst horse statues built as a tribute to Genghis Khan whose unmarked tomb is claimed to be nearby, in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia (AFP/Getty Images)
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New apartment buildings stand in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia on September 12, 2011. The city which is commonly referred to as a 'Ghost Town' due to it's lack of people, is being built to house 1.5 million inhabitants and has been dubbed as the 'Dubai of China' by locals (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kangbashi New Area is a district of the Chinese city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, North China. There are two large deserts within the territory of Ordos (AFP/Getty Images)
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Empty apartment buildings are reflected in a window in the city of Ordos. In 2003, Ordos city officials launched the creation of a new more-than-million-people city district (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kangbashi became world famous by a news report in November 2009 from AlJazeera, later picked up and expanded through an April 2010 article in Time magazine,for having few residents but massive amounts of empty residential housing and high-tech public works projects (AFP/Getty Images)
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Ordos is extremely rich in natural resources, having one sixth of the coal reserve in China (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the main square in the city centre of Ordos (AFP/Getty Images)
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People pass the Ordos Museum building in the city centre of Ordos (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the 'The Great Theatre of Ordos' in the city centre of Ordos, Inner Mongolia on September 12, 2011. An entire city built to house workers for a nearby mine sits empty after the workers failed to appear (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the main square in the city centre of Ordos, Inner Mongolia (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the Ordos Museum building (AFP/Getty Images)
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People walk past empty apartment buildings and streets in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia on September 12, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the Ordos Museum building (AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view shows the 'The Great Theatre of Ordos' in the city centre of Ordos (AFP/Getty Images)