Beijing's filled with hidden secrets. Behind all those highrise tower blocks and overpasses, there is awesomeness to be found. And so it was that some people heard rumors of a decrepit half-built theme park, somewhere way out west. The rumors came from a Chinese film student, who'd heard them from a friend, who'd heard them from another friend. No-one knew where on a map they were. "Just go to the Yuquanlu subway stop," said Bing, "and walk south. That's where it is! Ask a passerby."

These people did just that. And two hours later, they were still walking and asking passerby. The problem wasn't that no-one had heard of it... everyone local seemed to know what they were talking about, but everyone local pointed them in a different direction. Two blocks in one direction. Twenty minutes in another. Half an hour walking along a highway. Finally they got wise, and paid a stranger to drive them around the neighborhood. And, in a moment of enlightenment, through a gap in the buildings, they saw what they were looking for: The Romance Park of the Heart.

But this is the majesty inside... a crumbling half-built theme park filled with weeds, wild dogs, feces, broken bottles, and sweet, sweet awesomeness. Swiss chalets, futuristic castles, papier-mache boulders, hutongs, pagodas, and so much more.

via The Romance Park of the Heart - an abandoned Beijing theme park | Asia Obscura.