A look inside China's eerie 'zombie factories'

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TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Machinery sits idle in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plantwhich closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Derelict trucks sit in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plantwhich closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Machines and equipment sits idle in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant, that was closed in 2014 and is one of several so-called 'zombie factories' as, on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Worker's lockers in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Machinery sits idle in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plantwhich closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Machinery sits idle in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plantwhich closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: The character for the word 'emissions' is wrotten on the wall of the abandoned Qingquan Steel plantwhich closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A task board is seen in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A railway track is seen in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: The gate of the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A smoke stack is seen through a broken window of a building in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: An idle control panel is seen in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Machinery sits idle in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A general view of buildings in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant which closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
TANGSHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 26: Steel tools are seen in the abandoned Qingquan Steel plantwhich closed in 2014 and became one of several so-called 'zombie factories', on January 26, 2016 in Tangshan, China. China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing economy. Hebei province, long regarded as China's steel belt, once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country's steel output. In recent years, state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Hebei province was once regarded as China's steel belt but many factories have become so-called 'zombie factories' in recent years as government mills are being shut down and privately-owned plants have gone bankrupt.

The reason for the demise? China's declining economy has steel prices dropping and the government planning to cut production by up to 150 million tons.

The photos above show the eerie remnants of what was once a booming industry.

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