'A crash course in how Chinese capitalism, if that’s what it is, actually works.'
'The landscape Shepard travels is so strange and monumental that it is hard to avoid being fascinated.'
'Ghost Cities of China tells a mixed story of China’s urbanisation drive…Wade Shepard presents an even-handed picture of this process as he has witnessed it and leaves the question of the future open.'
Royal Society for Asian Affairs
'Through in-depth engagement with the country's vast urbanization efforts, Shepard exposes both the myths and realities of China's ghost cities; haunted spaces, which are not dead and abandoned, but rather have yet to come to life.'
Anna Greenspan, author of Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade
'In his exploration of East Asian cities that are literally disposable, Shepard provides an intriguing overview to a phenomenon that combines two of this century's biggest narratives -- global urbanization, and the unprecedented growth of China.'
Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There
'Shepard cuts through the sensational coverage of China's infrastructure boom to deliver an eye-opening piece of reportage on the topic. A well-reported and fascinating primer on China's ghost cities.'
Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for Marketplace
'Scholars and students of Chinese studies will gain greater clarity and understanding regarding the dynamics and unknown facets of the ghost cities of China. It is a book that everyone interested in ghost cities and the future of China would do well to read.'