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TRAVEL TIPS: Kangbashi, Ordos, Mongolia

It’s not food.  It’s not me cursing in some uncommon language.

It’s a place.  The BIGGEST ghost town in China to be exact … and I’m going to let the numbers do the talking …


Back in the day, I’d be the few to research to death on how to get there – the path less traveled-cum-ghost cities or abandoned places …

Like the visit to Fatehpur Sikri or Pripyat. With the latter I had received mocking childish comments like “why don’t you just stick your head into the microwave” which conjured images of Sylvia Plath‘s final moment. 

Well, not that I’ve seem images of her head being gassed in the oven, or intend to, but curiously while growing up I had imagined a charred head! and wondered wide-eyed awake in the middle of the night how did the oven get hot with the doors open and/or how did she keep her head in there when it got hotter and hotter – yes, I had insomniac tendencies as a child!

And since I’ve digressed, a little more wouldn’t help … as an adult, I wonder if suicidal tendencies is genetic, having learned that Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes son had chosen the same path … if you must know, daddy Ted took his own life and so did his second wife!!!

Anyways, I was just going to say that someone has beaten me to Kangbashi – read his blog and view the photos here – and strangely this year, I have no zest, will, desire to travel!

Sure, I still research and plan – I must. I derive more joy doing this than actually filling up visa forms and immigration cards. And I most definitely prefer my bed 8/10 times to a hotels … though some hotels are super cool until I realise the hole it had caused in my pocket!

Nonetheless, I thought this place – this Kangbashi, Ordos … outpost/ abandoned city (of once great glory?) in the remote part of Mongolia – should be made known to my friends and readers who may be inspired to go. The Young Pioneer Tours organizes a 3D/2N trip for EU385; and here’s what they have to say:

Join YPT for one of our most quirky tours, our trip to the abandoned ghost towns of Inner-Mongolia, the district of Kangbashi in Ordos. For those not in the know, Kangbashi was built as an over-spill town for the already unfinished Ordos at a time when the province was seemingly awash with far too much cash. What they ended up with a socialist styled empty metropolis, a kind of grandiose modern day version of some of the more extreme socialist cities that YPT tend to enjoy.

This place has been featured in a number of articles and news reports, but is still very very far off the tourists radar, and from our own very humble point of view one of the most interesting if not somewhat bizarre places that we take the intrepid traveler to!



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