Think ghost towns and crumbling cities are something of novels and movies? Think again. These cities, once bustling, have declined over the years due to a number of reasons, whether it’s because people have moved out of them gradually due to lack of employment options, reduction of natural resources, or unfortunate historic events. In every case, as mankind left these places, nature took over. Time and natural elements are eating away at these cities, crumbling the buildings slowly, and laying them to waste.
You can still visit them, but hurry because they may not be there a few years from now. These cities offer fascinating historical information, especially for history buffs.
A note: Although there are many reasons for the decline and decay of places that once were thriving centres of business and life, one of the biggest threats today is tourism. If you’re planning on visiting a heritage site or a ghost town like the ones mentioned below, be a responsible tourist. Keep to the rules and norms of the place. The same applies to modern tourist attractions as well. Help keep them in good condition or the generations to come will probably be reading of them as ghost towns in their time.
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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