In Chenzhuang Village, China, about 20 miles northwest of central Beijing, lay the ruins of a partially built amusement park called Wonderland.
The giant complex is situated near a highway. With such easy access to the country’s capital, one wonders why it failed. However, the site never did get to enjoy the excited screams of park-goers experiencing its rides.
Wonderland is deserted. Surrounded by houses and fields of corn, the only people to venture through the grounds are the local farmers tending their crops, or foreign explorers with cameras in hand.
Construction work at the park, which developers had promised would be “the largest amusement park in Asia,” stopped around 1998. The local government and the aforementioned farmers could not agree over property prices.
Developers briefly tried to restart construction in 2008, but without success. It seems that ‘Wonderland’ is destined to be, anything but.