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 crumbling castles and to skip across its fairytale bridges one final time.
Even bribing those rude, camo-wearing dudes (groundkeepers? squatters?) for entry was an experience to remember. I wonder where they are now.
While we originally thought that the unfinished amusement park’s skeletal beginnings would be salvaged and repurposed for a luxury mall, plans for which have been underway for a couple of years, it turns out that bulldozing the enchanted kingdom was a better way to go for Reignwood Group, whose land-development intentions include building “a comprehensive luxury-product supermarket” where Wonderland, Beijing’s forgotten industrial playground, once ghosted. Where it will now ghost… Forever.
And, of course, you can always catch its specter here, in our hard-earned video feature.
(Words by Zoetica Ebb, images via zbinfo.net)