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12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Business Insider Logo By Sarah Jacobs of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 13: <p>Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: the people.</p><p>These mysterious — and almost completely empty — cities are a part of China's larger plan to <a href="http://www.techinsider.io/heres-chinas-big-plan-to-move-a-population-the-size-of-the-phillippines-from-farms-to-cities-2015-7">move 250 million citizens</a> currently living in rural areas into urban locations by 2026, and places like the Kangbashi District of Ordos are already prepped and ready to be occupied.</p><p><a href="http://www.kaimichael.com/">Photographer Kai Caemmerer</a> became fascinated with these urban plans, and in 2015 he traveled to China to explore and document them. His series "<a href="http://kaimichael.com/unborncities">Unborn Cities</a>" depicts a completely new type of urban development.</p><p>"Unlike in the US, where cities often begin as small developments and grow in accordance to the local industries, these new Chinese cities are built to the point of near completion before introducing people," he told Business Insider.</p><p>Ahead, 12 eerie images from his series.</p>

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: the people.

These mysterious — and almost completely empty — cities are a part of China's larger plan to move 250 million citizens currently living in rural areas into urban locations by 2026, and places like the Kangbashi District of Ordos are already prepped and ready to be occupied.

Photographer Kai Caemmerer became fascinated with these urban plans, and in 2015 he traveled to China to explore and document them. His series "Unborn Cities" depicts a completely new type of urban development.

"Unlike in the US, where cities often begin as small developments and grow in accordance to the local industries, these new Chinese cities are built to the point of near completion before introducing people," he told Business Insider.

Ahead, 12 eerie images from his series.

© Kai Caemmerer

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