Chaonei 81 / 朝内81号

It is really time to exorcise this place. I give away the address of this « haunted house » in the title because renovation started at the beginning of 2016 so it is no longer accessible and when it reopens, it will never look the same as before. One of Beijing’s most famous haunted houses This report […]

The mysterious tomb of the Lou family / 陆征祥家族墓

I love discovering historical buildings hidden in Beijing, especially the ones that are located out of the old city center, like the former Tsinghua Yuan Railway Station. I thank my friend Wang Kun for randomly posting a picture of this place on Wechat as he passed by it. I went to check the place out […]

Former Sino-French University / 原中法大学

This report is about the exploration of a historical building located on the ancient city walls of Beijing. This is the former Sino-French University, established in 1920, which I visited a few days ago with my dear and brave friend Martin. I have to thank him as he is always able to follow me in […]

[part 2] Beijing Amusement Park / 北京游乐园

I am a big fan of Beijing Amusement Park, even if most of its former architecture is now gone. But the ruins of an amusement park always have a strong effect on some of us, making us fall back into childhood. Fortunately, this park will not be replaced by skyscrapers and will be rehabilitated in […]

Beijing Amusement Park / 北京游乐园

My website would not be legitimized as dealing with « urban exploration » if I had not written about an abandoned amusement park. So I found one, thanks to Brïn, my mentor, the person who knows all of Beijing’s hidden treasures. Indeed, his web page about the Floating Dragon Amusement Park gave me the idea to go […]

Beijing Film Studio / 北京电影制片厂

This report is about the famous Beijing Film Studio, targeted to be demolished three years ago and still left waiting, abandoned, falling more and more into decay. I would not have explored Beijing Film Studio without my friend Paul, a student at the prestigious Beijing Film Institute, who spotted this place. We decided to go […]

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 […]