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Report - The Guoson Centre, Beijing - October 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by The_Raw, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Dongzhimen is Asia’s largest transportation hub, connecting 3 subway lines, buses, the airport express, and the Second Ring Road. The Guoson Centre aimed to take advantage of this with a 600,000 square metre space including a transport interchange, retail mall, five-star luxury hotel, two office towers and residential apartments. However a long term equity dispute lasting 7 years has meant the complex remains unfinished and accumulating debts. The exteriors of the buildings look all but finished from a distance but they are just empty shells.

    I visited here with a couple of friends on my recent holiday with the intention of scaling one of the abandoned 35 storey twin towers. Unfortunately we were spotted by a nosey neighbour who shouted for security so we had to make do with one of the smaller buildings in the complex instead. Still, at 20 storeys high the views were pretty decent and it was nice to look down on somewhere a bit different from London. There are much bigger skyscrapers than this under construction but I am told they have workers on site 24 hours a day. The unfinished mall was just concrete floors and pillars, I didn't bother getting my camera out as it was dark but I reckon it would definitely be worth a daytime visit as it's pretty huge. The amount of unfinished construction projects in China is astounding, apparently it's quite common there to build the shells of buildings and forget about them for a few years. It's certainly a fast developing country.

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    2. My first chance to have a play with my new fish eye up high
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    6. Working through the night
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    9. Part of the unfinished mall is visible in the bottom left of the shot
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    11. The abandoned twin towers
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    13. Raffles City, a roaring success of a similar complex down the road
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    14. Totally staged 'looking hard and covering my identity' UE selfie
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. sirjonnyp

    sirjonnyp 28DL Regular User
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    Neat report, those twine towers look great - shame it didn't work out
     
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  3. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Tidy. Nice seeing something new. Top work.
     
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    They are just lush pics there TR proper nice :thumb
     
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    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
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    Awesome stuff.
     
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    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Nice snaps mate :thumb. Liking that fish eye shot near the top a lot!
     
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    Good effort mate but where's the Shard? :(
     
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    Cheers everyone

    Tbh we could've gone round the other side easy enough but we couldn't be arsed after we'd done this one
     
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    Beautiful photographs as per usual @The_Raw
     
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    Very nice :thumb
    Makes a change to see some different Skylines from you mate ;) surprised how clear the skies are TBH
     
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    Thanks @bhg I don't mind compliments like that :D

    The skies were absolutely fucked for the first few days over there but as soon as a bit of wind comes along they clear pretty quickly :D
     
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