The city of Ordos (with a city center designed to hold 1.5 million) has lost 300,000 of the immigrants that actually did show up in the somewhat less than successful "build it and they will come" approach to urban planning. Based around coal production, there is no longer enough work to keep them employed. The service industries (restaurants, shops, etcetera) that catered to them are also abandoning ship.
Folks Flee the Ghost City
Zarathustra, Macrobusiness, 17 April 2012 (hat tip: NC).
This city is dying. For a city which is clearly too large to accommodate its people, it is curious to see the headline on Sina that migrants are leaving Ordos. After the underground lending bust in Ordos, a lot of people involved in underground lending have gone bust. As the economy cools, together with the death of underground credit, the real estate market has died and constructions have halted everywhere, forcing people to leave.
We have sited Zarathustra before, so he is very much Johnny-on-the-spot with the Chinese Ghost Busters team.