On the outskirts of Beijing lies Wonderland, the skeleton of an amusement park that just never came to be. Despite its meticulously maintained exterior, the interior looks like a veritable Disney-wasteland. Won't you step inside?
The bloggers at Asia Obscura took a taxi out to this park and found it maintained mostly for show. Says Asia Obscura of this curious rotting castle:
Just off the Badaling Expressway, on the way to the weirdest section of the Great Wall, this sprawling amusement park has been almost completely deserted. The pink castle walls and turrets looks well-tended and clean from afar, but are crumbling up close. Massive doors are falling off their hinges, and there are open gutters and even wells, everywhere. There were old ladies, carefully trimming the hedges and sweeping to keep up appearances, but in the back, it all turns to hell. There's a crumbling castle, and the red-iron frame of a building that was never finished — it's now just farmland and dump.
You can see more photos at Asia Obscura and A Cuppa And A Pikelet. And for more abandoned amusement park oddities, see Nara Dreamland, Splendid China Park, Berlin's Spreepark, and The Prehistoric Forest.
[Bottom two photos via William Kalmovitch's Flickr]