Welcome to Wonderland — or what’s left of the so-called abandoned Chinese Disneyland.
Wonderland was intended to be a huge tourist destination in China, located on a 100-acre plot of land about 45 minutes outside of Beijing. With U.S. copyright laws being what they are in foreign countries, developers created a Disney World-style theme park that they promised would be “the largest amusement park in Asia.”
However, construction stopped around 1998 over disagreements between the local government and farmers over property prices. “Developers briefly tried to restart construction in 2008, but without success. The abandoned structures are now a draw for local children and a few photographers, who encounter signs telling them to proceed at their own risk,” reports The Atlantic.