G. McConway
July 27, 2023

Chinese Farmers Take Back Land Abandoned by Developer

In the hills just outside of Shanghai, there is what looks to be a stunning housing development.

Let me correct that… it looks like it would have been stunning had it been completed.

The developer abandoned the project about a decade ago, so the local farmers have decided to reclaim the land, reported AFP.

Taking It Back

The homes, rather mansions, even though they are not completed, already look spectacular.

It is eerie how the entire project is just vacated, much like our old western ghost town.

Clearly, these homes were going to fetch millions when they went on the market, but the developer just walked away from the project.

The land will not go to waste, however, because local farmers are taking it back, reported the New York Post.

One local farmer stated, “These [homes] would have sold for millions — but the rich haven’t even bought one of them …They weren’t built for ordinary people.”

The farmer went on to say that corruption is what led to the project being abandoned, revealing, “They cut off the funding and cracked down on uncontrolled developments, so it was left half-finished.”

This, while not overly common, is not exactly rare. One local official stated that roughly four percent of the housing developments across China are abandoned at some point.

It is common enough that the Chinese now have a phrase for these types of developments turned eyesore. They call them “Rotten-tail” homes.

This particular development will not go to complete waste. As we noted above, some local farmers have decided to work the lands rather than just sit there wasting away.

It is rather amusing to see a planted field in the middle of what would have been a street.

In other pictures, there are farm animals grazing in the front yard of an uncompleted mansion.

Quite frankly, it looks more like a scene out of “The Walking Dead” than what was supposed to be a ritzy neighborhood.

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