Chairman Mao’s Underground City

Take a photo tour of the network of tunnels under the city of Beijing, ordered built by Mao in 1969, designed to accommodate all of the city’s inhabitants in the event of a nuclear attack.

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.

12.04.2009Tagged with: