Say Goodbye to Wonderland

Say Goodbye to Wonderland

Deep down, we knew this day would come: as of a few months ago, Wonderland, Beijing’s ghostly, abandoned amusement park project is gone. Old suspicions of the park’s likely demise don’t make us feel any less wistful, though – nor any less lucky to have been able to admire its steel skeletons amidst the corn stalks, to peek inside its [...]

October 1, 2013 at 10:21 am 0 comments

Wonderland: Beijing’s Forgotten Industrial Playground

Wonderland: Beijing’s Forgotten Industrial Playground

Warm September afternoon, just twenty miles outside of Beijing. A soft breeze rustles sprawling corn fields, rolls over unfinished cement turrets and whistles through rusted, skeletal beginnings (or are they remains?) of an enchanted fortress. Pigeons echo through the damp gloom of massive, unfinished brick edifices. A group of farmers takes a smoke break nearby, while a bustling film crew [...]

February 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm 2 comments

DongHuaMen – Beijing’s Culinary Gauntlet

DongHuaMen – Beijing’s Culinary Gauntlet

Donghuamen is a night market specializing in exotic, unusual snacks, catering primarily to out-of-towners. Taking up several blocks near the busy Wangfujing pedestrian mall, this culinary gauntlet offers everything from bull testicles and octopus tentacles to more innocuous fare like coconut juice and dessert jellies. Skewered silkworms, starfish, baby sharks and sea horses share counters with chicken kebab, steamed buns, [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm 6 comments

Shanghai: 1933 Slaughterhouse

Shanghai: 1933 Slaughterhouse

Zoetica: Alright team, this is our mission: to take over 1933 Slaughterhouse. It’s hard to believe this gorgeous Escheresque building in the historic Hongkou District, this eerie Gotham-deco architectural achievement in concrete, glass, and steel, was originally intended for herding cows to their doom, single-file. Indeed, the original purpose behind the hulking spider web of intertwining staircases, bridges, and corridors, [...]

October 9, 2012 at 9:00 am 2 comments