Out in the bleak wastelands of northwest Beijing, where everything is gray and demolished, there lies the Satellite Dish Nursery.
Any foreigner that has taken the hellish journey to the health centre to get their health check/stabbing with hypodermic needles, will recognise this view from the taxi ride.
The compound, while guarded by lazy looking military personnel, houses probably fifty or more satellite dishes, all in various stages of rustiness.
Adjacent to the site, is the greenhouse area, which is much easier to get into. It is a strange thing in a lot of Chinese cities, that military and government sites will have greenhouses nearby.
This is mostly so that they can boast a) self-sufficiency for food, and b) that food can also be grown within the city limits.
This idea has gone out of vogue in the last ten years, and Beijing has a lot of empty greenhouses all over the city.
Cold winter air blows through the broken plastic canopies and leaves the crops dead and wilting.
The greenhouses are all falling down and very simple to get into. They offer a little warmth from the freezing Beijing winter.
This was not a difficult explore, but damn it was cold in that snow. Burbex is giving Satellite Dish Nursery a C+ Grade. It would have been much more if I could have climbed on the satellite dishes themselves.