Saturday, January 26, 2013


About 20 km outside Beijing, tourists sitting in tour buses from Beijing north-eastwards towards the Badaling section of the Great Wall can spot the remains of an eerie shell of a castle some distance from the expressway. With concrete spires sticking out above dusty corn fields, the castle remains as a relic of the grandiose ideas of men who’ve long since passed through the grinding mill of elite politics, corruption and prison in China. All around Beijing, architectural artefacts of previous decades remain, many decayed and going to ruin.

This article is a tour through some of the more spectacular wastelands of contemporary Beijing, places that will surely be developed into something entirely different at some point in the future, when the interest groups that control the land and construction finally make a deal they can live with.


wiley said...

Only in Russia has a lot of pictures of dead factories and military installations.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

There's something fascinating about ruined structures and other vestiges of the past. I know one of the authors of this book.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

In Russia, dead factories picture you!

anne said...

this is why i put chine on io z/jacob's last post