You might never get to visit Beijing's underground city

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If you've not visited it already, you might never get the chance to do it.

I've been to Beijing once but I did not know about the underground city. Actually, even if I had wanted to visit it, I might not have been able to find the entrances.

The underground tunnels and city were built as a refuge for people in case Russia were to launch a nuclear attack. It is meant to allow people to live underground. There at least once school, a hospital, a movie theater. The tunnels are going to be sealed permanently. [Read more]

I wonder whether we would all be driven underground one day should there be a nuclear crisis. Beijing is close to Fukushima: 1291 miles or 2077.22 km. This is about the same distance 1,300 miles / 2,092 kilometres between Chernobyl and France. I chose not to go to China on business because of this. (My boss is very understanding.)

Perhaps Beijing should consider refurbishing/re-engineering the underground city.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was in Beijing some years ago before the Beijing Olympics. I explored the underground tunnels built by the communist chinese during the Japanese occupation. Later these tunnels were also used to fight the nationalist Kuomintang in their civil war.

Yu-Kym, are you talking of these same tunnels on the outskirts of Beijing?

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Yu-Kym said...

I'm not sure. This underground city was built during Mao's time. The entrances are in the neighborhoods where people live so that they can reach it quickly. But since the underground city is vast, it is possible that it stretches beyond the city area.

David said...

Yu-Kym,

The video mentions the tunnels were built when relations between China and then the USSR detiorated.

The USSR had a vast nuclear arsernal. At the time China's nulclear weapson systems were few in number and the Chinese had no effective delivery system.

During the Fukashima nuclear crisis prevailing winds kept any radiation from the plant from ever reaching Beijing. However fallout from Chernobyl did reach Beijing.

Good post on some little known facts about China!

David

Yu-Kym said...

Radioactive waste was dumped into the sea. So even if the radiation did not reach by wind, it can reach by water!

Bing said...

I saw those underground city on History Channel.

It was nothing much. Just like an abandoned building. Dusty and rusty.

Yu-Kym said...

You lack curiousity for the past.

David said...

Yu-Kym,

I dunno about Beijing being endangered by the radioactive water dumped in the ocean.

That city is far inland seperated by the ocean by a long river system that dammed in several locations.

Multiple agencies are tracking, try to at least, the radioactive waste dumped into the Pacific. The long term effects remain to be known.

Unless one considers Godzilla.

David

Anonymous said...

The underground tunnels that were built during Mao's time were those that I mention and visited. These were dug by the Commies probably during or around the 1930s during China's civil war and the Japanese occupation of China. I actually went into one tunnel entrance and emerged 45 minutes later 900metres away from another exit or entrance in a cow shed in a totally different precinct.

The underground city or tunnels that were supposedly built in the event of a nuclear attack by Russia was after WWII.

So does anyone know of this underground city in Beijing built to protect the Chinese from the Russians? If so, it is worth a visit next time I'm in Beijing. So where exactly in Beijing is it located?

It's a shame if it's closed. China has many sites conserved to showcase to the public. Even earthquake disaster sites!

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