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An Eerie Tour of China's Abandoned Disneyland Knockoff

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There were big plans for Wonderland, a Disney-esque park outside of Beijing. It was supposed to be the biggest amusement park in Asia. But construction stopped in 1998, and the castle and other structures sat empty for years.

Catherine Hyland visited the site in 2011 and made this video tour. If you're not a fan of creepy music, she also took lots of photographs. "We are left looking at the cusp of an unrealised plan and as a result a far more interesting object," Hyland explained in 2011.

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You shouldn't go planning your own trip to Wonderland, unfortunately. The abandoned amusement park was razed in 2013. A "comprehensive luxury product supermarket" will be built on the site eventually, reported China Daily.

And if that doesn't work, photos of an abandoned comprehensive luxury product supermarket would probably be cool, too.

See Also: David Gray's Wonderland slideshow

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This Russian Kindergarten Looks Just Like a Castle
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A group of lucky kindergarteners in Russia don’t have to wear poufy dresses or plastic crowns to pretend they’re royalty. As Atlas Obscura reports, all they have to do is go to school.

In a rural area of Russia's Leninsky District sits a massive, pastel-colored schoolhouse that was built to resemble Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle. It has turrets and gingerbread-like moldings—and instead of a moat, the school offers its 150 students multiple playgrounds, a soccer field, a garden, and playhouses.

Tuition is 21,800 rubles (about $360) a month, but the Russian government subsidizes it to make it less expensive for parents. As for the curriculum: it’s designed to promote social optimism, and each month’s lesson plan is themed. (September, for example, will be career-focused.)

Take a video tour of the school below, or learn more on the school’s website.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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This Chinese Library's Interior Is Designed to Look Like an Infinite Tunnel of Books
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The Chinese city of Yangzhou is known for its graceful arched bridges and proximity to the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Architects kept these unique local features in mind while designing Zhongshuge Yangzhou, a new bookstore and library that was completed in 2016.

Designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse Architects, the building has black, mirrored floors and arched ceilings that symbolize Yangzhou’s famous waterways and overpasses. The floor reflects the store’s curving shelves to create the illusion of a never-ending tunnel of books—a true bibliophile’s dream.

Learn more about Yangzhou’s unique library/bookstore below, courtesy of Great Big Story.

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