Beijing’s Wonderland amusement park has finally been demolished after 14 years of laying in waste. Wonderland never opened for business, and has been well-known as Neverland, a real life Silent Hill, Castle Ruins, or Ghost City. The Wonderland that never was, and never will be, initially aimed to become Asia’s largest amusement park. Construction began in 1994, was halted in 1998, and deconstruction followed after over a decade. On top of the ruins of Wonderland will rise an international luxury shopping center .
Beijing Morning Post reports that the Changping district government announced earlier this year plans of three major tourist and commercial projects for west Changping:
“‘Asia’s largest amusement park’ Wonderland, whose construction has stalled for 15 years, will be used to build the 85,000 square meters 长城国际名品购物中心 (Great Wall international luxury shopping center). Allegedly, the 85,000-square-meter 长城国际名品购物中心 will feature a shopping center housing international luxury brands, a plaza, an entertainment center, and an aviation tourism club. Some of the facilities are expected to start running at the end of this year.”
The article goes on about the 2 other projects, both within close proximity to Wonderland. To its southwest will rise Huabin’s Peace Palace project. After the Huabin Peace Palace completes, it will hold 50 international culture and art events, along with 30 concerts per year. To its east will lie a town with an outlet commercial city, high-tech indoor amusement center, and five-star hotels. (I found some renderings for the proposed Peace Palace, and ironically it looks like it belongs to one of these “copy towns”.)
Wonderland aimed high, but fell before it reached the sun…
haha i actually just gasped out loud