Developers briefly tried to restart construction in 2008, but without success. Property prices in China have risen 140% since 1998. Reuters photographer David Grey says 'Wonderland' is “another sad example of property development in China involving wasted money, wasted resources and the uprooting of farmers and their families.”
Today, the abandoned theme park lies surrounded by fields of corn while signs warn visitors to proceed at their own risk.
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