Residents shut down Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project, which attracted mosquito plagues


Residents discontinued Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project because trees meant revolutionizing urban life that attracted mosquito plagues

  • There were gardens on every balcony for the experimental project in Qi City Forest Garden, Chengdu.
  • State media said that only a handful of families have migrated due to mosquito outbreaks.
  • Eight towers have grown by plants without any tenants to attack and take care of mosquitoes

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An experimental green housing project at a Chinese megacity has promised the lives of future residents in a ‘vertical forest’ with manicured gardens on every balcony.

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

State media reported that only a few families have entered the Qi City Forest Garden in Chengdu, as mosquitoes abound.

Drone photos show aerial views of Qiyi City Forest Garden residential buildings located 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 picture from the beginning of August showing residents in their apartments from a balcony covered with plants

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

According to the project's estate agent, by April this year all 826 apartments had been sold, but instead of modern eco-paradise, the towers look like a desolate, post-apocalyptic film set

According to the project’s estate agent, by April this year all 826 apartments had been sold, but instead of modern eco-paradise, the towers look like a desolate, post-apocalyptic film set

According to local media reports, the project in the southwestern city was constructed in 2018, with each private balcony designed to provide space for the plants.

Without the care of any tenant, the eight towers have been overgrown by their own plants – and invaded by mosquitoes.

Footage shown this month showed that the plants almost completely swallowed some neglected balconies.

The plants have been almost completely swallowed by some neglected balconies, with branches hanging on the railings at the towers.

The plants have been almost completely swallowed by some neglected balconies, with branches hanging on the railings at the towers.

Residents were promised a modern eco-paradise and specially designed balconies for growing plants, but only a handful of families remain in Chengdu's Qi City Forest Garden due to mosquito infection.

Residents were promised a modern eco-paradise and specially designed balconies for growing plants, but only a handful of families remain in Chengdu’s Qi City Forest Garden due to mosquito infection.

Some residents saw mosquitoes bite a handful of balconies with plants and outdoor furniture, and the lights inside the apartment turned on

Some residents saw mosquitoes bite a handful of balconies with plants and outdoor furniture, and the lights inside the apartment turned on

Without any tenants to take care of them, the buildings grew from their own plants and were invaded by mosquitoes

Without any tenants to take care of them, the buildings grew from their own plants and were invaded by mosquitoes

The paper was seen taped above some windows that were still visible behind tall plants.

But some residents appeared to drive away mosquitoes – a handful of balconies cut plants and outdoor furniture, and the lights inside the apartment were switched on.

According to the state-run Global Times newspaper, only 10 families have relocated.

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

When the project was built in 2018, each balcony was given space to grow its own plants, but now they have grown, hanging branches on the balcony below.

According to the Global Times newspaper, as of April this year, only 10 families have relocated despite all 826 apartments being sold.

According to the Global Times newspaper, as of April this year, only 10 families have relocated despite all 826 apartments being sold.

The Balinese plant has grown and invaded by mosquitoes in Qiu City Forest Garden, Chengdu.

The Balinese plant has grown and invaded by mosquitoes in Qiu City Forest Garden, Chengdu.

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