Beijing Abandoned Chinese Disneyland

In an article for China Daily in 2013, Hou Liqiang quotes An Feng from the investment department of Reignwood Group as saying that “construction was suspended because most land covered by the park is forestry land, and the policy to protect such land changed after major floods in 1998, forcing the company to review its plans.”

However, the Daily Mail attribute its demise to politician Chen Xitong’s fall from grace. The Beijing Party Secretary, who was a major backer for the development, was charged with corruption in 1998.

A luxury shopping complex – Badaling Premier Outlet – was built on the site.

The designer Badaling Outlet was opened on the site in June 2015.

It only takes up around 40 of the 120 acres earmarked for Wonderland, but it is still an impressive “mega mall” for those seeking a bit of retail therapy between visiting the regions tourist attractions.

At the rear of the parking lot, the skeleton of a fairy tale castle has been tastefully painted to match the new buildings of the shopping complex.

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