Inside Malaysia's Chinese-built "ghost city" is called Forest metropolis. 

The thirty-year-old IT engineer relocated to Johor, the southernmost tip of Malaysia, a year ago and settled inside Forest City, a large housing complex constructed by the Chinese. He rented a one-bedroom apartment with a view of the sea in a tower block. 

It was enough for him after six months. He didn't want to stay in what he refers to as "a ghost town" any longer. 

"I didn't give a damn about the money or about my deposit. I simply had to leave," he murmured. We had made plans to meet in the tower block where he used to reside. 

"Just being back is giving me goosebumps," he remarked. "It's lonely around here - it's just you and your thoughts." 

In 2016, the largest real estate developer in China, Country Garden, revealed Forest City, a $100 billion (£78.9 billion) megaproject funded by the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Chinese real estate market was booming at the time. Massive quantities of money were borrowed by developers to build homes and apartments abroad for middle-class consumers. 

Building an eco-friendly metropolis with a golf course, waterpark, offices, bars, and restaurants was Country Garden's goal in Malaysia. Nearly a million people would eventually live in Forest City, according to the business.

Eight years afterwards, it is a stark reminder that the impacts of China's property are felt even if you are not in the country. 

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