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”

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeFireworks during opening ceremony rehearsals

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeYes, those are workers picking trash out of the canal

The Water Cube

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeThis was used for the swimming and diving portion of the Olympics

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeAnd now it looks like something from Ridley Scott’s “Alien

Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeThis park is located just north of Beijing

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeGood Lord …

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeLooking good.

The Beijing Baseball Stadium

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeLush and green

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeGo ahead and tell me this doesn’t look bad. Please, I look forward to it.

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeMaybe it’s trick photography, right?

The 2008 BMX cycling competition

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeNot too bad, right?
Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeYikes.

Britain Celebrates

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeLights, lights everywhere
Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeDecrepit

6. The Volleyball Stadium

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikePreparing for the next round

Decrepit: Four Years After Hosting the Beijing Olympics, This is What Chinas $40B Investment Looks LikeTotally abandoned

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This story has been updated.

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