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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's an Old Communist Bunker?

Tour a secret cave that once housed Chinese military leader Lin Biao.


Look closely at the plane hidden underneath the bush. It may look like a scene out of some Lost knock-off, but it's actually the entrance to a secret cave that once served as headquarters for former Chinese Communist military leader Lin Biao. According to Reuters:

Marshal Lin Biao used the cave as his military headquarters in 1968 shortly before he died when his plane crashed in Mongolia following what appeared to be a failed coup to oust Chairman Mao. He was shortly after his death officially condemned as a traitor by the Communist Party of China.

Located outside Beijing, the cave still houses old sandbags, artillery shells and land mines. Here are more photos by Reuters photographer David Gray.

A mock airplane cockpit can be seen at the entrance to a cave that was once the headquarters of former Chinese Communist military leader Lin Biao.

Ammunition sits atop ordnance boxes.

A poster of former Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong.

Communist symbols adorn the roof of the entrance to a cave.
A room decorated with military maps and old propaganda posters.

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.