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Real estate in China


Real estate in China

Real estate in China is developed and managed by public, private, and state-owned red chip enterprises. Currently the market is experiencing tremendous growth and the central government has implemented measures to tighten interest rates, increase deposit and impose restrictions.[1]


  • History 1
    • Property bubble 1.1
    • Welfare housing system, parallel dynamics, and allegations of corruption 1.2
  • Companies 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


As of 2010, China's real estate market is the largest in the world.[2][3]

Property bubble

An empty corridor in the mostly vacant New South China Mall.

The Chinese property bubble was a real estate bubble in residential and/or commercial real estate in China. The phenomenon has seen average housing prices in the country triple from 2005 to 2009, possibly driven by both government policies and Chinese cultural attitudes.[4] High price-to-income and price-to-rent ratios for property and the high number of unoccupied residential and commercial units have been held up as evidence of a bubble. Critics of the bubble theory point to China's relatively conservative mortgage lending standards and trends of increasing urbanization and rising incomes as proof that property prices can remain supported.

Growth of the housing bubble ended in late 2011 when housing prices began to fall,[5][6] following policies responding to complaints that members of the middle-class were unable to afford homes in large cities.[6] The deflation of the property bubble is seen as one of the primary causes for China's declining economic growth in 2012.[6]

2011 estimates by property analysts state that there are some 64 million empty properties and apartments in China and that housing development in China is massively oversupplied and overvalued, and is a bubble waiting to burst with serious consequences in the future.[7] The BBC cites Ordos in Inner Mongolia as the largest ghost town in China, full of empty shopping malls and apartment complexes.[8] A large, and largely uninhabited urban real estate development has been constructed 25 km from Dongsheng District in the Kangbashi New Area. Intended to house a million people, it remains largely uninhabited.[9][10] Intended to have 300,000 residents by 2010, government figures stated it had 28,000.[11]

Welfare housing system, parallel dynamics, and allegations of corruption

As of 2010, China has officially ordered an end to its welfare housing system; however, according to China Youth Daily, a parallel housing market continues to exist.[12][13] Government agencies continue to pay less than 20% of market value for real estate, and many officials purportedly misappropriate renovation and housing reform funds for personal gain.[14][15]


Name Type1 Headquarters2 Total assets3 Market cap3
Agile Property Public Zhongshan, Guangdong N/A US$4.7 billion (2010)
China Aoyuan Property Public Guangzhou, Guangdong N/A US$399 million (2010)
China Merchants Property State-owned Shenzhen, Guangdong N/A US$4.4 billion (2010)
China Overseas Land and Investment Limited State-owned Hong Kong N/A US$17.8 billion (2010)
China Properties Group Public Hong Kong N/A US$541 million (2010)
China Resources Land State-owned Hong Kong N/A US$10.7 billion (2010)
China Vanke Public Shenzhen, Guangdong N/A US$15 billion (2010)
Country Garden Public Foshan, Guangdong N/A US$5.8 billion (2010)
Evergrande Real Estate Group Public Guangzhou, Guangdong N/A US$773 million (2010)
Financial Street Holding State-owned Beijing N/A US$3.9 billion (2010)
Franshion Properties State-owned Hong Kong N/A US$2.9 billion (2010)
Glorious Property Holdings Public Shanghai N/A US$3 billion (2010)
Henderson China Holdings Ltd. N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hopson Development Public Guangzhou, Guangdong N/A US$2.5 billion (2010)
K. Wah International Public Hong Kong N/A US$901 million (2010)
KWG Property Public Guangzhou, Guangdong N/A US$1.8 billion (2010)
New World China Land Public Hong Kong N/A US$2.1 billion (2010)
Poly (Hong Kong) Investments State-owned Hong Kong N/A US$3.7 billion (2010)
Poly Real Estate State-owned Guangzhou, Guangdong N/A US$10.6 billion (2010)
R&F Properties Public Guangzhou, Guangdong N/A US$5.2 billion (2010)
SOHO China Public Beijing US$4.7 billion (2009)[16] US$2.9 billion (2010)
Shanghai Forte Land Public Shanghai N/A US$760 million (2010)
Shimao Property Public Shanghai N/A US$6.2 billion (2010)
Shui On Land Public Shanghai N/A US$2.6 billion (2010)
Sino-Ocean Land State-owned Beijing N/A US$5.2 billion (2010)
Sunac China Public Tianjin N/A US$1.3 billion (2010)
Xinyuan Real Estate Public Beijing US$881 million (2009)[17] US$314 million (2010)[18]
Yuexiu Property State-owned Hong Kong N/A US$1.9 billion (2010)
1 Some state-owned entities are also publicly traded as red chip stocks
2 De facto location
3 United States dollars

See also



  1. ^
  2. ^ Heffernan, Shayne (2010-03-03). "China, The World's Largest Real Estate Market". Ebeling Heffernan. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ Packard, Simon (2010-03-03). "China Overtakes U.S. in Attracting Most Property Investment". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  4. ^ Chovanec, Patrick (2009-06-08). "China's Real Estate Riddle". Far East Economic Review. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Bradsher, Keith (2012-06-10). "Selling Abroad, China Eases Slump at Home".  
  6. ^ a b c Bradsher, Keith (2012-06-09). "Affirming Slowdown, China Reports Second Month of Scant Economic Growth".  
  7. ^ China's Ghost Cities. Dateline SBS. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ordos: The biggest ghost town in China".  
  9. ^ "Ordos, China: A Modern Ghost Town".  
  10. ^ Gus Lubin (13 June 2011). "NEW SATELLITE PICTURES OF CHINA'S GHOST CITIES". Business Insider. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Barboza, David (19 October 2012). "A New Chinese City, With Everything but People".  
  12. ^ Bishop, Bill (2010-04-30). "China State Media On Corruption And Cooling Off The Real Estate Market". Sinocism. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  13. ^ Custer, C. (2010-04-29). "State Media Blames Housing Crisis on Corrupt Government". ChinaGeeks. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  14. ^ Bishop, Bill (2010-05-02). "Corruption In Chinese Real Estate". Sinocism ( 
  15. ^ Yuhang, Xie (2010-04-02). 解百姓住房难必先除权力自肥. China Youth Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  16. ^ "2009 Q4 Financial Report".  
  17. ^ "2009 Q4 Financial Report".  
  18. ^ "Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (Public, NYSE:XIN)".  
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