There was a Disneyland-styled amusement park that was being developed years ago, about 20 miles outside of Beijing, in the village of Chenzhuang. Construction on Wonderland began sometime in the 1990s, when Thai-owned property developer the Reignwood Group announced its plan to build the largest amusement park in Asia, covering a total area of 120 acres.
It was intended to become Asia’s largest theme park, China’s answer to Disneyland – a magnificent theme park attracting millions of visitors a year with state-of-the-art rides in a chintzy fairytale setting.
Construction work at the park, which developers had promised would be “the largest amusement park in Asia,” stopped around 1998 following financial problems with local officials and farmers over property prices.
On the other hand, An Feng, the chief inspector of the investment supervision department of Reignwood Group, said that construction was suspended because most land covered by the park is forestry land, and the policy to protect such land changed after major floods in 1998, forcing the company to review its plans.
The site featured a number of abandoned structures, including the framework of a castle-like building and medieval-themed outer buildings. Developers briefly tried to restart construction in 2008, but without success.
The farmers that used to own the land have returned to grow their various crops while the site was abandoned.
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The incomplete and abandoned structures were demolished in May 2013. Most of the park has been reduced to foundations, leaving no hope for the abandoned park to ever be finished. Local media suggest that space will eventually make way for a shopping center.