A bit further afield for this Burbex, Dalian is a coastal city in the North East of China. Hidden at the end of the one of the most popular beaches in the city, is this hidden gem, the ultimate in Urbex chic, that’s right, it’s an abandoned waterpark. Not only that, but it has a huge faux-mansion beside it.
There’s more than one way to kill a cat, an electric cable through the gut is pretty novel though.
To escape, you must pass a festering sewage outlet. It smells much worse than it looks.
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How many times have I been to Capital Steel, and how many times have I found new areas to explore. This latest trip was a bonanza of new finds.
Along with entering the lofts where coal was moved along on mile-long conveyor belts, co-explorer Vom and I went further into the plant than ever, coming clear out of the other side where the cooling towers are located.
Along the way we found the laboratory where we found everything pretty much as the scientists had left it on the last day. So many bottles, flasks and crazy machines.
Unfortunately, Vom got a touch of heat stroke, and threw up (hence the nickname), but are adventures have seen the whole plant covered now.
In the cool and shady labs, mosquitoes buzzed in circles while we investigates rooms ransacked by looters.
Plus there was enough lab equipment and machines left over to make even Walter White happy.
Most of the chemicals have either dried up or grown out of their bottles and onto the work surfaces.
The other part of the factory that was new to us, was the conveyor lofts which stretch across the complex.
These are covered in a thick layer of coal dust. In the operator’s room there still remains an old bag of sugar and a plastic spoon.
Oil sticks to all the surfaces, and then catkins stick to the oil, so everything has a tarred and feathered look.
But from atop the machines there is some beautiful symmetry to be found.
Capital Steel Laboratory – we salute you – Burbex is giving you a solid Grade A, but with the heatstroke comes an important reminder to take candy and water with you when you go urbexing.
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Nestled near the entrance to the Hutongs (alleyways) near Qianmen Gate, the entrance to the famous Tiananmen Square, lies this haunted hotel.
Upon asking locals about the hotel, they said that it used to be the residence of a Nationalist leader before the revolution in the nineteen-forties, but after the revolution it was abandoned and then later turned into a cheap hotel.
Outside, the hutongs are bathed in yellow light from the street lamps. Inside you are shrouded with cloak of thick velvet darkness.
Unlike much of the surrounding area which has been demolished and gentrified to give Beijing’s history a more polished look, this building exerts power and more than a little menace over its small corner.
The architecture of the building crosses western and Chinese styles which was very typical of the period. On the outside it looks like a western orphanage, but on the inside it is one hundred percent Chinese.
Going in you can hear every door in the whole place creaking in the wind. Entering into the hotel rooms you get a strong sense that these rooms have seen a lot of visitors and that some of them might never have left.
It has three floors, and there is possibly a cellar which might connect to the underground city, but this is still yet to be found.
Stairs snake up to bricked off and boarded up rooms, through which only the spirits of long-deceased residents can pass.
This is an easy place to get into, but beware the balconies as they are very rickety and could collapse at any time adding you to the list of guests who never check out.
Gusts of wind brush past your face and tickle the base of your spine. Look round fast enough and you might catch someone watching you.
Be sure to bring a flashlight and an extra pair of batteries. The residents don’t need much excuse to jump on you once the lights are out.
The full moon was half-visible through the murky light of the glass skylight.
Of course, if you are ever in Beijing and you want to check out this great urbex location, or any of the other great haunted locations in Beijing like Beijing Steel Works, where thousands of people lived and died over the years, or a spooky Abandoned Theme Park, just get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org, bring a flashlight, and we’ll go ghost-hunting together.
Just a stone’s throw from The World Trade Towers and right next to An Hua Qiao Subway Station is the derelict site of Beijing Space and Science Museum.
Along with the Planetarium and the The Natural History Museum nearby in the compound, all of these buildings are due for demolition soon.
The Space Museum has recently been abandoned by the security guards which makes entering much easier than before.
The museum is spread over nine floors, and the sixth floor opens out onto this awesome roof area affording some great views of the local area.
Unfortunately most of the building has been gutted, but there are a few exhibits remaining in a few hidden corners.
It is also very easy to get lost in the maze-like basement, but there are some great rooms to be found.
There are lots of bottles and specimens on display and in storage within the building.
One of the best features of the museum is the display about how ancient mines were dug.
Manikins of the miners are still down there in the dark gathered around their little fires.
The museum also has a great number of open spaces which are ideal for light-painting.
The central roof is made of glass panels which from the atrium below looks magnificent.
Like a lot of buildings in Beijing, it was built in the run-up to the Olympics and then just abandoned after the finish of the games. This is a relatively easy place to get into, and there is a lot to see, which is why this earns itself a hearty B-.
Beijing Amusement Park based around the Floating Dragon Lake used to be the premier theme park in Beijing attracting 2.4 million visitors a year.
It was famous for its roller coasters, 4D cinema, and the biggest Ferris Wheel in the capital.
Now all that remains is the Ferris Wheel which dominates the landscape, and the ruined remains of the aquarium which has lots of graffiti.
The site is sealed off from the public, but a quick hop, leap and jump make it pretty easy to enter.
The site is connected by a series of bridges between each of the islands, and while most of them are padlocked, you can just jump into the dried out lake bed and run to the islands.
The aquarium and the horror house are easy to get into, but not much remains, but the Ferris Wheel is safely contained behind a metal fence. It slowly turns creaking in the wind.
The central island is assessable by a Disneyesque bridge with turrets and a huge gate.
Once you are past the gate, you have free rein over the park, the security guards are far too lazy to chase you this far.
Beyond the bridge is the aquarium and the horror house. Pedlo boats line the empty basin of the lake also the lakeside.
This is a perfect Scooby-Doo location as you poke around the horror house and listen to the creaking of the Ferris Wheel. The site is a little bare now, which is why Burbex is giving Floating Dragon Amusement Park a B+ grade.
By the way, if you liked this post, be sure to check out these other great leisure sites like Olympic Homko Ghost Town and Dalian Waterpark, plus feel free to contact me on email@example.com if you want to come along. Don’t forget to bring those Scooby Snax though.
On the smoggy outskirts of Beijing, far beyond where the subway line finally ends, and the dust dunes roll over the border into Hebei Province, right there on the border, that is where you will find the Great Mall of China.
Construction started five/six years ago when the small border town Yanjiao was slated to become the next border boom town. This led to a run on house building and general craziness in the area.
Years later, these dreams never came true, and the town, like the Great Mall of China, is deserted.
Getting into the mall is quite simple: find the tunnel under the nearby hospital…
go through it in the dark…
emerge and find the pipe under the bullet train railway…
go through the tunnel…
walk down the causeway and you are in.
While there is security, and by the sound of it heavy work going on, the place is virtually empty, and the two guys on the roof didn’t even pay any attention to me.
There is a vast underground complex of tunnels full of dust and supplies, but no workers to be seen.
Welding lights can be seen in the very distance at the end of the tunnels, and there is the occasional crash of metal on metal, but still no sign of people.
There are various tunnels that weave under the complex, and probably under the hospital too.
The blind bear stands on the road marking the way out. Be careful, there is a man who sells guard dogs nearby.
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.
Delving much deeper into the Capital Steel Complex than ever before, Misha Mushu and I were determined to get right to the heart of the complex and find some of the huge machines.
Misha commented about the scale of the place, which seems to get larger and more spread out every time I visit.
It was too windy on this visit to get to the top of the towers which were creaking in the strong breeze.
Nothing is ever going to stop me climbing up the conveyor cranes. They give excellent views of the site.
We couldn’t figure out how to get into the diagonal corridors that lead up onto the upper structures, but maybe we’ll figure that out next time.
These two towers dominate the skyline, and seem to mark the middle of the complex. I still haven’t figured out how to reach them yet.
This building is a steam-punk dinosaur, its long neck reaching into the sky.
Misha stands like a ray of light in this dark and grimy complex.
You can find these bottles all over the site. It is a fizzy orange drink that perhaps was produced on site. The bottles are everywhere.
And if one green bottle was to accidentally fall…
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