Imperial Garden Villas / 御苑花园别墅

First of all, I thank Brïn for giving me the idea to go on this urbex, after looking at his post here. And I was not disappointed! Although it is very small, it is a pretty amazing place. This abandoned luxury villa compound is actually located inside Beijing Olympic park. How did this happen? The […]

Wahaha Hotel / 娃哈哈大酒店

Around the Dongsi area, right next to one of Beijing’s most peaceful traditional neighbourhoods, one building (among others, by the way!) does not quite fit in the hutong1 urban tissue. It is large, high (more than six storeys), ugly (composed of a very basic concrete structure) and it looks abandoned. What I discovered is the […]

About me / 关于我

I am a girl (yes, girls also engage in this strange subculture of « ruin exploration ») who loves to visit abandoned places in Chinese cities as a reversed though naturally connected experience of long-term field research in China. I don’t like climbing over dangerous fences, I prefer squeezing in, go under or through the fence somehow, […]

Post-industrial Shougang, Oct 2015

Shougang / 首钢

When I first learned about Shougang, it was in 2006, when this famous steel plant was going to close down and be transfered in Hebei province. I was starting fieldwork in another industrial neighbourhood linked to a factory and a scholar told me to go check out Shougang and its amazing architecture, on the Western […]