Residents shun Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project which attracted plagues of mosquitos

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Residents shun Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project because the trees meant to revolutionize urban living have attracted plagues of mosquitos

  • The experimental project in Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden had manicured gardens on every balcony
  • Only a handful of families have moved in because of an infestation of mosquitos, state media reported
  • Eight towers have been overrun by plants without any tenants to care for them and invaded by mosquitos 

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An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a ‘vertical forest’, with manicured gardens on every balcony.

All 826 apartments were sold out by April this year, according to the project’s estate agent, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like the set of a desolate, post-apocalyptic film.  

Only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation of mosquitoes, state media have reported.

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

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

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

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

A photo from the beginning of August shows residents looking on from a balcony covered with plants in their apartment

A photo from the beginning of August shows residents looking on from a balcony covered with plants in their apartment

All 826 apartments were sold out by April this year, according to the project's estate agent, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like the set of a desolate, post-apocalyptic film

All 826 apartments were sold out by April this year, according to the project’s estate agent, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like the set of a desolate, post-apocalyptic film

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

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

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

Plants have almost entirely swallowed up some neglected balconies, with branches hanging over railings all over the towers

Plants have almost entirely swallowed up some neglected balconies, with branches hanging over railings all 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 Chengdu's Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation of mosquitoes

Residents were promised a modern eco-paradise and specially-designed balconies for growing plants but only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation of mosquitoes

Some residents appeared to have braved the mosquitoes as a handful of balconies had pruned plants and outdoor furniture, and lights turned on inside the apartments

Some residents appeared to have braved the mosquitoes as a handful of balconies had pruned plants and outdoor furniture, and lights turned on inside the apartments

Without any tenants to care for them, the buildings have become overrun by their own plants and invaded by mosquitoes

Without any tenants to care for them, the buildings have become overrun by their own plants and invaded by mosquitoes

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

But some residents appeared to have braved the mosquitoes – a handful of balconies had pruned plants and outdoor furniture, and lights turned on inside the apartments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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