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China's largest 'ghost city' booms again thanks to education fever

Home prices in Ordos's Kangbashi district soar after top-flight school relocates

These apartment blocks in Ordos' Kangbashi District may appear unoccupied, but few of the rooms are empty, residents say. (Photo by Iori Kawate)

ORDOS, China -- Kangbashi, a town in the middle of barren Inner Mongolia deserts, once found itself stuck with rows of newly built-but-vacant apartment buildings, earning a nationwide reputation as a guicheng, or ghost town.

Now the district in the city of Ordos is back. Having sold previously empty apartments, Kangbashi town is building more high-rise complexes. "We're not a ghost town anymore," a local property sales manager said with a laugh.

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