Okay, to be fair, not all of the $40 billion dollars worth of infrastructure that went into the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been abandoned or destroyed (for instance, they still get some mileage out of that “Bird’s Nest” thing), but, good grief, they’ve allowed an awful lot of it to fall by the wayside.
Like all things abandoned in China, the following photos have a certain creepiness to them. However, more than just creepy, they’re also kind of depressing.
See, unlike China’s empty malls or centrally-planned ghost towns, these Olympics venues weren’t always hollow shells. They were once massive and meticulously orchestrated affairs, exploding with life. Now they’re as cold and lifeless as the system of government that runs that country.
Anyway, that’s how we feel about it [and you should too].
Here are some “before” and “after” photos of China’s Olympic venues [via Yahoo’s Erick Galindo]:
Fire Works Over the “Bird’s Nest”
The Water Cube
And now it looks like something from Ridley Scott’s “Alien“
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park
The Beijing Baseball Stadium
The 2008 BMX cycling competition
6. The Volleyball Stadium
This story has been updated.