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Residents avoid Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project that attracted mosquito plagues



Residents avoid Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project because trees that were supposed to revolutionize urban life just attracted pests of mosquitoes

  • The experimental project in Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden had manicured gardens on each balcony
  • Only a handful of families have moved in due to a mosquito infestation, state media reported
  • Eight towers have been overrun by plants with no tenants to look after them and invaded by mosquitoes

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An experimental green housing project in a Chinese grandeur promised potential residents life in a ‘vertical forest’ with manicured gardens on each balcony.

According to the project’s real estate agent, all 826 apartments were sold out in April this year, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like a set of deserted, post-apocalyptic films.

Only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden due to a mosquito infestation, state media have reported.

Drone photos show an aerial photo of the Qiyi City Forest Garden residential complex in Chengdu, China

Drone photos show an aerial photo of the Qiyi City Forest Garden residential complex in Chengdu, China

The project in the southwestern city was built in 2018 with each private balcony designed to provide space for plants to grow

The project in the southwestern city was built in 2018 with each private balcony designed to provide space for plants to grow

A photo from early August shows residents looking from a balcony covered with plants in their apartment

A photo from early August shows residents looking from a balcony covered with plants in their apartment

According to the project's real estate agent, all 826 apartments were sold out in April this year, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like a set of deserted, post-apocalyptic films.

According to the project’s real estate agent, all 826 apartments were sold out in April this year, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like a set of desolate, post-apocalyptic films.

The project in the southwestern city was built in 2018 with each private balcony designed to provide space for plants to grow, according to local media reports.

Without any tenants taking care of them, the eight towers have been overrun by their own plants – and invaded by mosquitoes.

Plants have almost completely swallowed some neglected balconies with branches hanging over railings over the towers, footage showed this month.

Plants have almost completely swallowed some neglected balconies with branches hanging over railings over the towers

Plants have almost completely swallowed some neglected balconies with branches hanging over railings over the towers

Residents were promised a modern eco-paradise and specially designed balconies for growing plants, but only a handful of families have moved into Chengdus Qiyi City Forest Garden due to a mosquito kill

Residents were promised a modern eco-paradise and specially designed balconies for growing plants, but only a handful of families have moved into Chengdus Qiyi City Forest Garden due to a mosquito kill

Some residents appeared to have threatened the mosquitoes as a handful of balconies had pruned plants and outdoor furniture and candles lit inside the apartments

Some residents appeared to have threatened the mosquito as a handful of balconies had pruned plants and outdoor furniture and candles lit inside the apartments

Without any tenants taking care of them, the buildings have been overrun by their own plants and invaded by mosquitoes

Without any tenants taking care of them, the buildings have been overrun by their own plants and invaded by mosquitoes

Paper was seen wallpapered over some of the windows that were still visible behind the overgrown plants.

But some residents appeared to have threatened the mosquitoes – a handful of balconies had pruned plants and outdoor furniture, and candles were lit inside the apartments.

Only about 10 families have moved in, according to the state newspaper Global Times.

When the project was built in 2018, each balcony was given space to grow its own plants, but they are now exceeded with branches hanging down on the balcony below

When the project was built in 2018, each balcony was given space to grow its own plants, but they are now exceeded with branches hanging down on the balcony below

According to the state newspaper Global Times, only about 10 families have moved in despite all 826 apartments being sold out in April this year

According to the state newspaper Global Times, only about 10 families have moved in despite all 826 apartments being sold out in April this year

The plants on the balconies of Chengdu's Qiyi City Forest Garden have become overgrown and invaded by mosquitoes

The plants on the balconies of Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden have become overgrown and invaded by mosquitoes

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