Across the world are cities and places that once thrived but now lay in ruins. These abandoned cities, which are often referred to as ghost towns, can be as beautiful as they are haunting. Their decay causes our imaginations to run wild, conjuring images of a place lost to time and just what kinds of life may have passed through its city limits. Some have rich and glorious pasts while others have a dark and troubled history.
Abandoned Cities: Sanzhi Pod City
Sanzhi Pod City is located just outside of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Construction of this UFO style housing development began in 1978, and was intended to be a vacation resort marketed toward US military personnel. After several fatal car accidents during construction and an equally devastating loss of investment, the project was scrapped.
Many attribute the pod city’s bad luck to the bisecting of a Chinese dragon statue near the front gates in order to widen the road. Though the area had become a tourist curiosity and the subject of an MTV film, the pods were demolished in 2010 to make way for a commercial seaside resort.