Once, developers dreamed of building "the largest amusement park in Asia." But no longer.
Oh, dreams deferred. In 1998, developers broke ground on an ambitious building project outside of Beijing. They promised "the largest amusement park in Asia."
Shortly after that, funds were withdrawn, thanks in a large part to land sale disagreements between developers and local farmers. The half-finished park then languished for years. As we reported, via Architizer, in 2011:
The park is strewn with fragments of anachronistic landmarks, anchored by an unfinished fairytale castle whose inchoate construction dissolves into the smog.
13 years later, the abandoned park is finally coming down, though it's not clear what will take its place. According to Reuters, local officials are reporting that a shopping center may fill at least part of the space. Below, images via Reuters: