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Chairman Mao's Underground City. In 1969, Chairman Mao commanded the construction of a second Beijing beneath the surface of the original city, designed to accommodate all six million of its then inhabitants, so that if nuclear war did kick off, folk would still have somewhere to hang out and play Mah Jong while the rest of us burnt to death in a shower of atomic rain.

Chairman Mao's Underground City

War never came, but the city is still there. To be fair to the crazy Chairman, by that time he was lost in the midst of those closing dark days of China’s brutal cultural revolution and the onset of motor neurone disease had shifted his ongoing descent into madness up to warp speed. No one really knows how much of the subterranean nuclear metropolis was actually completed, or just how far the network of underground tunnels and caverns was due to be extended, though it’s generally believed they connected up with all of Beijing’s main hubs and governmental locations, including Tiananmen Square, Beijing’s Central Station and the Western Hills. Look! The 10 Best Japanese Ghost Towns - - StumbleUpon.

Common wisdom says Japan is a tiny island nation crammed from shore to shore with people living one on top of the other. Every bit of spare space is used to build Prius factories and grow rice. In actuality, though, there are far more dark spots on the map than you'd imagine. The general view that every square inch of land is worth a bazillion dollars is just not true. There are gaps in the façade that whole towns have fallen into, along with bizarre abandoned theme parks, ruined U.S. Air Force bases, and the tawdry remnants of pay-by-the-hour love hotels. These places are known as haikyo , the Japanese word for ruins -- and Japan has plenty of them . Based on over six years of actively exploring these haikyo , I've put together a list of the 10 most beautiful, most historic and most interesting. 10. At first I thought it must be the headquarters of a cult -- maybe Aum Shinrikyo , the one that bombed the Tokyo subway with sarin gas in 1995. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3.

10 Most Terrifying Places on Earth - StumbleUpon. Creepy There are places on this planet that are stranger than the most alien landscapes we have ever imagined.

10 Most Terrifying Places on Earth - StumbleUpon

Places that make your skin crawl. Places that induce heavy breathing and paranoia, before anything has even happened. We walk the dark, dusty steps of old castles and houses. We roam the halls of asylums and tunnels, hoping to glimpse something otherworldly. We hear screams in the night, footsteps in the hall. The History The Riddle House in Palm Beach County, Florida, was originally a funeral parlor. The Terror Joseph, one of Riddle’s former employees, committed suicide by hanging himself in the attic of the house. The Northern part of Summit County in Ohio is known by the eerily blunt moniker, Helltown.

Whether based on a kernel of truth or cooked up in the heads of creative visitors, the persistent legends of Helltown add to the creep factor. Stull, Kansas, is a tiny, unincorporated town in Bumfuck, Nowhere- er, pardon, Douglas County. Humberstone and LaNoria.