Half-completed castles, lonely towers and buildings in the middle of a flat and rural area with a stunning mountains at the backdrop of this landscape. The whole deserted amusement park looked like a zombie apocalypse movie set.
A number of intrepid explorers who went to take a look at Wonderland during its the period of negilgence of this amusement park, and they discovered that this deserted park is not completely empty.
They found that farmers who used to own the native lands were finally returned to grow their crops. Curious folks from the native areas also came to witness medieval-themed buildings with silent pink-painted walls.
The local government of Changping district obtained usage rights for a small part of the land in 2005, but Wonderland was left alone to continue slowly crumbling for another seven years.
When it was finally announced that the amusement park was going to be knocked down, it caught the attention of Western media.
The site now resembles an apocalyptic wasteland rising out of surrounding cornfields, with scrubby brush popping up around the skeletal remains of castles and other mythical structures. It’s both beautiful and haunting, cared for by locals when they aren’t tending to their crops.
Numerous photographers have visited Wonderland to take in the eerie surroundings. Reuters photographer David Gray noted, “I came across a rather farcical sight of some farmers digging a well next to a castle; a moment I will always savor as a photographer in a place like China where castles are not in huge supply.”
He called Wonderland “another sad example of property development in China involving wasted money, wasted resources and the uprooting of farmers and their families.”