19 Apr '12, 6pm

Beijing's Secret Underground City

Beijing's Secret Underground City

However, with international tensions perceived to be melting away, work on the complex ended in 1979. The Underground City lay largely forgotten, at least to younger local residents, though some tourists did gain access, and activity underground persisted. Gradually Dixia Cheng became a ‘shadow city’ where over time entrepreneurs opened cheap restaurants, stores or hostels catering to poor migrant workers. Then, in 2000, in the build-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the hodgepodge subterranean network was officially reopened, and visitors flocked in to take a peek at its relics of the past.

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