Down and out in the tragic kingdom

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36 Responses to “Down and out in the tragic kingdom”

  1. Tom White says:

    This slideshow is of a load of pictures of  a derelict amusement park called ‘Wonderland’, on the outskirts of Beijing December 5, 2011. 

    It was a fantastic insight though, even if the captions were annoying.

    • fett101 says:

      I’m going to be reading that line tonight in my dreams,  which was to be part of an amusement park called ‘Wonderland’, on the outskirts of Beijing December 5, 2011.

      The last caption is definitely the best/worst.

      • rarrr says:

        yeah apparently this includes abandoned buildings that were to be part of an amusement park called ‘Wonderland’, on the outskirts of Beijing December 5, 2011. 

  2. irksome says:

    Crypto-Capitalism Rule #5: Don’t f**k with the Mouse.

  3. scifijazznik says:

    That lead pic is a contender for photo of the year.  That is excellent.

  4. dragonfrog says:

    I was struck by the warning signs saying “be responsible for your actions” – can you imagine a derelict complex like that in North America, with just some signs warning explorers to act responsibly?  No three-metre fences topped with barbed wire, no alarms, no CCTV?

    Apparently we Westerners are like toddlers, not to be trusted to make decisions about our own physical safety…

    • Guest says:

      That’s true of all humans, the difference is that westerners feel entitled to be compensated by the people they inconvenience through their own asshattery.

  5. Brainspore says:

    I can’t believe no supervillains have snatched this place up yet.

    • Culturedropout says:

      Dude.  It’s a fairy-tale princess castle.  No super-villain would be caught dead there.  They might as well add a tutu to their bad-ass uniform.  All the other villains would laugh them out of the club.  Besides, I hear the princess is in another castle…

      • Brainspore says:

        But it’s a decrepit fairy tale castle, and that’s the kind of thing that makes “Evil Lair” gold. Just think about how many eccentric supervillains have operated out of creepy old amusement parks at some point: you’ve got the Joker, the Riddler, the Mad Hatter and Mysterio for starters, and that’s just a few of the better-known comic book villains. B-movie horror flick nutjobs could have a field day there, not to mention every single ghoul from Scooby Doo.

        Granted, it will take a little work to convert all the old rides into unnecessarily complicated killing machines but it’s still a lot more economical than going the “subterranean nuclear launch facility” route.

        • cservant says:

          Look at the slideshow.  It’s mostly left over buildings that can barely protect you from the elements.  I doubt any super villain would want to spend resources there just because it’s a decrepit fairy tale castle.  I don’t see any equipment or left over rides that can be converted into a death machine.

          • Brainspore says:

            It’s mostly left over buildings that can barely protect you from the elements.

            All the better for when the heroes show up and you can rain death from above with the weather machine atop the castle tower.

      • Looks more like something out of Skyrim to me.

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      It’s high in the running for Boing Boing’s next secret lair.

  6. Terry Fairbrother says:

    Have a wander over to http://www.michaeljohngrist.com/ He’s been exploring ruins for some time, taking pictures and video. All very interesting!!

  7. Culturedropout says:

    “This is a tiny screw which was to be part of an amusement park called ‘Wonderland’, which was found in a crack which was to be part of an amusement park called ‘Wonderland’ in a parking lot which was to be part of an amusement park called ‘Wonderland’ in front of a derelict building which was to be part of an amusement park called ‘Wonderland’…”  Is the nursery-rhyme “This is the house that Jack built” running through anyone else’s head right now…?  AAAAAHHHH MAKE IT STTTTTOOOOOOOPPPP!

  8. ZikZak says:

    In the 80′s, our fictional post-apocalypse scenario centered around nuclear devastation.  Today, it looks a lot like this.
    Like Gibson said, the future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.

  9. reminds me of ico a little bit

  10. Dave Brunker says:

    I thought I’d find this picture here.

  11. Antinous / Moderator says:

    It’s like stumbling on Tinkerbell while she’s changing her tampon.

  12. Bucket says:

    Whatever you do, don’t eat any of the food that magically appears in the vendor stalls.

  13. Andrew Raisbeck says:

    Any one for a ‘Taking the Mickey’ joke?

  14. cservant says:

    “All the better for when the heroes show up and you can rain death from above with the weather machine atop the castle tower.”
    I bow then to your obvious eccentric supervillain madness superiority.

  15. Blue Funnies says:

    I keep thinking that, after dark, this abandoned theme park turns into some kind of magical bathhouse for spirits where an unassuming family can wander in and be turned into farm animals.
    Hey, what’s that delicious smell?

  16. Godfree says:

    All I see is smog. China’s air pollution is horrific.

  17. zaenal musthofa says:

    beatifuly..

  18. ocker3 says:

    That row of what looks like shopfronts looks like it could be an Excellent paintball venue

  19. penguinchris says:

    I wonder what the enormous building was going to be for. Nothing like that at the real Disneyland, but of course the weather is different. Or maybe it was going to be a hotel?

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