This report is about another part of Hangzhou Iron and Steel that I went to visit last month: the steel wire sub-factory of Hanggang. The advantage of this factory closing down not so long ago is that there are still many remaining objects in the buildings and one can follow better the production process.
The name of this factory is quite ironic: oxygen manufactoring in China! I am very happy to write about this visit of the famous « Hangyang », another abandoned factory in Hangzhou after Hanggang. Again, I spotted the place from a public bus, I was really attracted to its 1950s architecture so I immediately jumped off the […]
So this is the second part of the huge production site of Hangzhou Iron and Steel Industry: after I visited the steel plant, I went to the coking factory, which is just next to it. I am not a technical specialist, but a coking plant is a chemical plant which uses coal heated at very […]
I must say I was a bit hopeless for Hangzhou in terms of abandoned places because of the rapidity of urban development and of the high ambitions of becoming a first-class city in China (unfortunately this brings almost only negative transformations). But I also realized that, until recently (and it’s still going on in some […]
How do you start 2016 when you love urban exploration? You look for abandoned places on January 1st. With Brïn and Gui, we decided to go check out abandoned subway stations, which turned out to be a failure. Urban explorers do not always find a way in an abandoned place, failing to enter is part […]
When I first learned about Shougang, it was in 2006, when this famous steel factory 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 […]