Stunning Photos Of China's Haunting Bike Graveyards

In 2014, we exposed the world to the reality of malinvestment, 'channel stuffing', and the aftermath of a credit-fueled bubble in auto manufacturing with shocking images of where the world's unsold cars go to die.

Four years later, we shift geographically from The West to The East, and exchange four wheels for two as the disgusting waste and sheer scale of China's debt-pumped investment bubble is fully exposed - not it ghost cities (for once), but in the eerie images of what happens when the 'sharing economy' meets reality...

China's ride-share graveyard is exposed as a monument to the 'uber for bikes' industry's arrogance...

For the past 18 months many cities in China have been flooded by millions of dockless share bikes.

As The Guardian reports, those that block pavements or apartment entrances have been removed by authorities to vast storage areas. Viewed from afar they create compelling and mysterious patterns – but also represent waste on an enormous scale...

An aerial view of the rental bikes detained by the local urban administration authority of Luyang district in Hefei. Given that the shared bikes have several users a day – some of them inexperienced riders who swerve into traffic - they are often damaged, vandalised, or abandoned...

Share bikes found illegally parked in an enclosure in Nanning. Dubbed ‘ Uber for bikes’, the customers rent bikes using their smartphones and can drop them off anywhere...

Tens of thousands of abandoned share bikes piled up at a car park in Nanjing. The bikes are crammed into the 82-metre-long and 60-metre-wide parking space reaching a height of nearly two metres...

Discarded Bluegogo share bicycles crammed into a car park in Beijing. Bluegogo, China’s third largest bike-sharing company, went bankrupt last year...

Numerous abandoned share bikes in Wuhan...

Piles of abandoned share bikes in Shanghai...

Thousands of bicycles sit near a flyover in Beijing’s Tongzhou district...

Abandoned bicycles from various bike-sharing services in Shanghai...

Finally, to put this debacle in context, Shanghai currently has 1.5 million shared bikes on the streets, and despite its population being three times greater than London, that number far outstrips the 11,000 Santander Cycles peppered throughout the UK capital.


techpriest DownWithYogaPants Wed, 05/02/2018 - 22:32 Permalink

I used this service the last time I went there. I liked that there were bikes everywhere and you could rent one with your phone, but business-wise I was baffled at how they were expecting to maintain so many bikes and still make money, given that they are all left outside all the time, and that no one riding them has any incentive to treat them well.

I guess my bafflement was accurate - apparently some of these companies are already going bankrupt because the bike with solar-powered and GPS enabled electronic locks is not cheap, even over there, and at RMB 1 a ride (~14 cents) and being left outside the maintenance and logistics costs must be crazy.

That said, you have to keep in mind that when the concept was introduced a very large number of copycat companies quickly sprung up (note the colors), so we're going to have to wait and see if 1-2 companies survive while the others go bankrupt, or if they all fail and folks go back to buying a cheap bike.

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Antifaschistische Four Star Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

It's the Rule Makers at work again.   China is whacking anything that complicates pumping their auto industry.  The Oligarchs decide who wins and loses.  But today, everyone in China's large cities are losing, because stuffing the cities with cars, with no place to park, destroys the effectiveness of mass transit and makes the entire city more polluted.

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Endgame Napoleon Americano Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:26 Permalink

As long as they are womb-productive, they got a much better deal under this administration than single, childless citizens, facing rent that absorbs more than half of their earned-only income, competing with scores of citizens, legal and illegal immigrants whose major household bills, like rent and groceries, are covered by taxpayers in increasing amounts per kid produced, as long as they work part time, staying below the earned-income limits for multiple welfare programs. They also get up to $6,431 in refundable EITC child tax credits, and this administration increased the non-refundable child tax credits of higher earning parents by thousands. Those often go to moms working part time to add keeping-up-with-the-Jones’ money to a spousal income that would support the whole household. But they take a low-wage job anyway, not needing higher wages due to spousal income, and they drive wages down for all of the citizens who must survive on earned-only income. Most every immigrant I see around here—regardless of which country they come from—is toting a kid under age 1. Many of them have multiple children, guaranteeing the max in monthly welfare and progressive-tax-code cash for reproduction. They know the score. Politicians pay citizens and noncitizens to have sex and reproduce in the USA.

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waspwench Americano Thu, 05/03/2018 - 16:25 Permalink

Better the Chinese than the muzzies.   Chinese people are, on average, intelligent, hard-working and willing and able to integrate and interact with others.   Their culture can be somewhat opaque for westerners, but they have a sense of humour, are not perpetually offended, and do not expect everyone else to accommodate their culture to the detriment of the host culture.

I can live with the Chinese.   I cannot live with islam.

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waspwench css1971 Thu, 05/03/2018 - 16:33 Permalink

If the Chinese want to get rid of all those bicycles they can donate them to Seattle.  Despite being a very rainy place, and having some very steep hills Seattle is hellbent on getting private cars off the streets and having everyone ride bicycles.   The already hopelessly congested city is busy converting traffic lanes into bike only lanes making the congestion even worse than it need be.

Social engineering in action.   What could possibly go wrong?

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any_mouse AwkwardReader Thu, 05/03/2018 - 00:51 Permalink

Beepbop has its problems.

AwkwardReader has its problems.

What the Eurasian zionist "apes" are doing to the indigenous "sand apes" by stealing land and resources is inhuman.

They have no right to any land in Palestine. Their ancestors did not come from there. They are relatively recent converts to the faith of Abraham and Moses and the Pharisees.

An invasive species.

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Tarzan any_mouse Thu, 05/03/2018 - 05:28 Permalink

If anyone is new to the faith of Abraham, it would be the bloody Muslims.  There are christian churches, still operating today, that were founded before their "prophet" was born, before he started his bloody campaign of conquest.

If Jews are not indigenous to Judah, were are they from, Germany?

Apparently you follow Helen,

" Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany "

The Jews do enough bad shit to rave about, without the hyperbole.

This is why I keep a set of 50 year old Britannica encyclopedia in the attic, so when my Grand kids are adults, they'll have a source to real history, to compare to all the revisionist history, like the Jews are from Poland and Germany...


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Gazooks Tarzan Thu, 05/03/2018 - 06:10 Permalink

Encyclopedia Britannica ..says it all by our imperial overseers 


Read some actual history of the Khazarian Jews as distinguished from ancient Hebrews


Balfour Agreement, etc. It's all there if you bother looking, so this is no hyperbole about planned genocide and ethnic cleansing



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one ping only Gazooks Thu, 05/03/2018 - 08:43 Permalink

I agree with you 100%. But I have to clarify: "Balfour Declaration" ... not an agreement. The Zionists would dearly love to call it an "agreement."

It is a 67-word letter, written almost 101 years ago by the then British Foreign Secretary, which was used as justification for establishing the illegal country now known as Israel. Britain basically gave the thugs permission to steal land in a foreign country and gave their full support ... with one simple letter.

That's some powerful propaganda mojo there.

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Tarzan Gazooks Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

Britannica has it's flaws, but is light years ahead of the crap being taught in history classes today, not to mention the crap the media spews. 

I keep them mostly to compare, to show how history is revised, not that it's the end all....

I'm well aware there are fake Jews, who are not decedent from the Hebrews. 

I'm also aware of the crowd who says the Hebrews didn't exist, that they didn't live in Judea, that the Hebrews never lived in Palestine, all of which is revisionist history, hyperbole.

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lincolnsteffens Tarzan Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:43 Permalink

Ahh...  I defy you to prove that more than 5% of Israelis are of genetic direct decent of the indigenous ancient Hebrews. Most of the current transplanted population didn't start to arrive until the 2nd half of the 19th century. These are largely people practicing various religious versions of Judaism who come primarily from central and eastern Europe as converts from various pagan groups from about 1200 AD onward. There is also a significant number of Jews in Israel that may have closer genetic ties to the early Hebrews that are from North Africa and the Middle East. 

From my understanding, land was purchased from the Arab population in the ancient areas of Judea until the violent founding of the "Jewish" State. The land was not stolen, it was purchased. Since then there are  illegal settlements that are morally indefensible.

It should be noted that Israel has no foundation of law as they never created a Constitution. The USA does have a Constitution but the ignorance of its citizens and the power of government and finance have illegally overridden  the American Constitution with ever more restrictive commercial  laws that restrict the people's rights.

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