The ruins of a Buddhist temple in Xiahe, Gansu / 甘肃夏河的寺庙遗址

This summer, I was trekking from Gansu to Qinghai province starting from Xiahe, a famous pelerinage city for Tibetan Buddhism. The trek started from the Labrang Monastery and went through the grasslands. It was a long distance of 67 km so I could not really take time to wonder around too far from the trail. […]

Just an abandoned factory in Ningxia / 宁夏省的某一个废弃的工厂

I was traveling and sightseeing in the Western parts of China when I got very attracted to this particular place. In Ningxia province, near Yinchuan, one can admire the beautiful dolomitic landscapes of Helan Shan (贺兰山), where I went hiking. On the way to the natural parc, there was this abandoned factory just next to […]

[part 2] Bataizi Bell Tower / 八台子大单巴

I already wrote about the lost Gothic church in Shanxi province near Datong during the winter and you can read about the history of this beautiful place in my first report here. But it was such a special place that I wanted to visit it again during the summer. Now that this is done, it […]

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 […]

Hangzhou Boiler Plant / 杭洲锅炉厂

Here is another report about Hangzhou’s past industrial identity. Yes, as I spent some time there, I rapidly got tired of the touristic places and went looking for less obvious historical ruins. I first spotted this place in March 2016, on a bus trip to Capital Paradise. By the way, although I will not tell […]

The ruins of a coal mining village / 废弃的煤矿村庄

I currently conduct research in the mining district in Datong. Yesterday, as I was coming back from a day of fieldwork in a coal mine area in the mountain, I decided to go down the hill by foot. I followed the main road along the ruins of a major village and there were two interesting […]