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Urban Exploration - 12/24/2012
_Hollow_Mountain,_China_-__Qingdao_is_a_modern_port_city,_situated_roughly_550km_south_of_Beijing_on_China's_east_coast._The_city_is_best_known_for_its_Yellow_Sea_port_and_Olympic_sailing_village;_for_its_thriving_business_and_commercial_sector;_and_no_less_for_the_beauty_of_Qingdao's_largest_landmarks:_the_mountains_Fushan_and_Laoshan._Qingdao_also_has_something_of_a_reputation_for_fine_breweries,_a_local_tradition_started_by_the_German_colonists_who_settled_here_in_1898._They_renamed_the_city_'Tsingtao'_and_built_a_picturesque_Bavarian_Quarter,_lined_with_catholic_churches_and_colonial_mansions._The_Germans_left_more_than_just_churches_and_breweries_in_their_wake,_however._In_an_effort_to_defend_this_important_strategic_outpost_against_the_British_fleet_stationed_in_the_Pacific,_the_colonists_turned_their_attention_to_Mount_Fushan:_transforming_the_mountain_into_a_vast,_hidden_weapon._Over_the_Misty_Mountains_I_had_no_idea_what_sort_of_opportunities_for_urban_...



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Replied - 12/24/2012
_Camp_Cthulhu,_Russia_-__Somewhere_North_of_Moscow,_hidden_deep_in_the_sprawling_pine_forests_which_cover_so_much_of_the_Russian_countryside,_there_lies_an_old,_forgotten_holiday_camp._Decorated_with_bizarre,_otherworldly_and_oft-times_terrifying_sculptures_of_deep_sea_creatures,_this_Soviet_Young_Pioneer_camp_seems_now_to_have_fallen_into_the_hands_of_a_somewhat_more_sinister_sector_of_Russian_society_-_as_I_was_to_find_out_for_myself,_when_I_headed_out_into_the_forest_looking_for_it._Russian_Road_Trip_It_was_the_Florida-based_photographer_and_urbex_enthusiast_Emily_Dietrich_,_who_set_this_particular_expedition_in_motion._Not_only_did_she_bring_the_site_to_my_attention_in_the_first_place,_but_she_even_supplied_me_with_coordinates..._and_so_in_return,_I'm_dedicating_this_report_to_her._We_set_out_from_Moscow_in_a_rental_car;_myself_and_several_equally_curious_companions._As_we_drew_closer_however,_we_discovered_that_the_coordinates_pointed_to_a_nondescript_pat...



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Replied - 12/29/2012
_End_of_the_Line,_Bulgaria_-__For_many_people,_Boxing_Day_traditionally_involves_long,_pleasant_hours_spent_in_front_of_the_television;_leftover_turkey_assimilating_itself_into_the_form_of_salads,_soup_or_curry,_and_new_socks_quickly_collecting_stray_pine_needles._These_things_are_all_terrific,_obviously_-_but_another_really_exciting_thing_about_the_festive_season,_is_that_security_guards_also_take_holidays_from_time_to_time._With_this_in_mind,_I_trekked_out_through_the_knee-deep_snow_towards_an_old,_abandoned_railway_station_on_the_edge_of_town._Earlier_this_year_I_shared_a_report_from_my_visit_to_a_Soviet_glass_factory_in_the_Balkan_Mountains._This_facility_had_produced_vast_shipments_of_glass_products_for_the_Soviet_Union,_with_a_train_track_that_led_right_up_to_the_furnace_doors;_allowing_the_efficient_delivery_of_sand_from_Bulgaria's_Black_Sea_beaches._In_1989_the_tracks_closed,_a_precursor_to_the_full-scale_collapse_of_Bulgarian_Communism_in_1990._The_glass_factory_struggled_on_for_a_few_years,_importing_its_sand_by_road,_before_finally_grinding_to_a_halt._Meanwhile,_the_train_depot_built_to_serve_both_town_and_factory_was_given_up_for_dead._The_rails_fell_into_disrepair,_and_entire_sections_were_removed_for_scrap_metal._It_took_me_around_an_hour_to_get...



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Replied - 12/10/2012
_Industrial_Espionage,_Bulgaria_-__And_now_for_something_completely_different._It_was_a_bright_and_sunny_Sunday_in_November,_and_the_city's_main_shopping_centre_was_alive_with_bustling_crowds_and_garish_Christmas_decorations._However,_while_the_people_below_shopped_and_queued_and_ate_and_bickered,_little_did_they_know_that_we_were_right_up_on_the_roof_-_scampering_around_in_an_industrial_landscape_of_pipes,_fans_and_cooler_exhausts._Getting_up_onto_the_roof_was_easy_enough;_marked_with_an_emergency_exit_sign,_a_large_double_door_led_into_an_unlit_service_corridor._Luckily_these_doors_were_unalarmed,_and_so_from_here_the_torches_came_out_as_we_made_our_way_through_the_dark,_past_numerous_signs_marked_'access_prohibited',_and_then_out_into_a_stairwell._Moving_swiftly_past_the_CCTV_camera_that_stood_sentry_on_each_floor,_we_headed_up_to_the_top,_and_through_an_access_door_onto_the_roof._Before_us_lay_an_open_expanse_of_asphalt_veneer;_blue_aluminium_pipes_sprouting_here_and_there_like_extraterrestrial_undergrowth._First_checking_to_make_sure_the_door_could_be_opened_from_the_outside,_we_followed_a_series_of_ducts_that_ran_the_length_of_the_rooftop._There_wasn't_a_lot_to_see_in_this_central_area,_but_as_we_followed_the_pipes_they_were_joined_by_others,_eventually_fanning_out_and_twisting_into_a_great,_gleaming_circuit_board._Here_a_series_of_steel_steps_led_up_to_gantry_above_the_pipework,_allowing_access_for_maintenance_workers._Every_now_and_then_we_passed_by_extractor_fans_the_size_of_jet_engines,_which_blaste...



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Replied - 12/10/2012
_Industrial_Espionage,_Bulgaria_-__And_now_for_something_completely_different._It_was_a_bright_and_sunny_Sunday_in_November,_and_the_city's_main_shopping_centre_was_alive_with_bustling_crowds_and_garish_Christmas_decorations._However,_while_the_people_below_shopped_and_queued_and_ate_and_bickered,_little_did_they_know_that_we_were_right_up_on_the_roof_-_scampering_around_in_an_industrial_landscape_of_pipes,_fans_and_cooler_exhausts._Getting_up_onto_the_roof_was_easy_enough;_marked_with_an_emergency_exit_sign,_a_large_double_door_led_into_an_unlit_service_corridor._Luckily_these_doors_were_unalarmed,_and_so_from_here_the_torches_came_out_as_we_made_our_way_through_the_dark,_past_numerous_signs_marked_'access_prohibited',_and_then_out_into_a_stairwell._Moving_swiftly_past_the_CCTV_camera_that_stood_sentry_on_each_floor,_we_headed_up_to_the_top,_and_through_an_access_door_onto_the_roof._Before_us_lay_an_open_expanse_of_asphalt_veneer;_blue_aluminium_pipes_sprouting_here_and_there_like_extraterrestrial_undergrowth._First_checking_to_make_sure_the_door_could_be_opened_from_the_outside,_we_followed_a_series_of_ducts_that_ran_the_length_of_the_rooftop._There_wasn't_a_lot_to_see_in_this_central_area,_but_as_we_followed_the_pipes_they_were_joined_by_others,_eventually_fanning_out_and_twisting_into_a_great,_gleaming_circuit_board._Here_a_series_of_steel_steps_led_up_to_gantry_above_the_pipework,_allowing_access_for_maintenance_workers._Every_now_and_then_we_passed_by_extractor_fans_the_size_of_jet_engines,_which_blaste...



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Replied - 12/24/2012
_Hollow_Mountain,_China_-__Qingdao_is_a_modern_port_city,_situated_roughly_550km_south_of_Beijing_on_China's_east_coast._The_city_is_best_known_for_its_Yellow_Sea_port_and_Olympic_sailing_village;_for_its_thriving_business_and_commercial_sector;_and_no_less_for_the_beauty_of_Qingdao's_largest_landmarks:_the_mountains_Fushan_and_Laoshan._Qingdao_also_has_something_of_a_reputation_for_fine_breweries,_a_local_tradition_started_by_the_German_colonists_who_settled_here_in_1898._They_renamed_the_city_'Tsingtao'_and_built_a_picturesque_Bavarian_Quarter,_lined_with_catholic_churches_and_colonial_mansions._The_Germans_left_more_than_just_churches_and_breweries_in_their_wake,_however._In_an_effort_to_defend_this_important_strategic_outpost_against_the_British_fleet_stationed_in_the_Pacific,_the_colonists_turned_their_attention_to_Mount_Fushan:_transforming_the_mountain_into_a_vast,_hidden_weapon._Over_the_Misty_Mountains_I_had_no_idea_what_sort_of_opportunities_for_urban_exploration_China_might_provide,_and_so_I_went_with_an_open_mind._As_it_turns_out,_and_particularly_along_the_populous_east_coast,_I_was_surprised_to_find_somewhat_limited_possibilities_on_offer;_largely_due_to_China's_rapid_rate_of_development._Buildings_don't_stay_empty_for_long_in_Chinese_cities,_as_there_are_always_more_families_looking_to_move_in..._and_wealthy_developers_with_the_means_to_make_it_happen._There_are_construction_sites_aplenty_but_most_of_these_are_inhabited_by_teams_of_labourers,_often_shipped_in_from_rural_areas._During_th...



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Replied - 12/24/2012
_Camp_Cthulhu,_Russia_-__Somewhere_North_of_Moscow,_hidden_deep_in_the_sprawling_pine_forests_which_cover_so_much_of_the_Russian_countryside,_there_lies_an_old,_forgotten_holiday_camp._Decorated_with_bizarre,_otherworldly_and_oft-times_terrifying_sculptures_of_deep_sea_creatures,_this_Soviet_Young_Pioneer_camp_seems_now_to_have_fallen_into_the_hands_of_a_somewhat_more_sinister_sector_of_Russian_society_-_as_I_was_to_find_out_for_myself,_when_I_headed_out_into_the_forest_looking_for_it._Russian_Road_Trip_It_was_the_Florida-based_photographer_and_urbex_enthusiast_Emily_Dietrich_,_who_set_this_particular_expedition_in_motion._Not_only_did_she_bring_the_site_to_my_attention_in_the_first_place,_but_she_even_supplied_me_with_coordinates..._and_so_in_return,_I'm_dedicating_this_report_to_her._We_set_out_from_Moscow_in_a_rental_car;_myself_and_several_equally_curious_companions._As_we_drew_closer_however,_we_discovered_that_the_coordinates_pointed_to_a_nondescript_patch_of_forest,_apparently_miles_away_from_the_nearest_road._We_had_no_choice_but_to_navigate_our_way_around_the_target_area,_testing_each_turn-off_in_search_of_an_access_point._The_journey_took_us_through_a_scattering_of_remote,_rural_villages,_to_a_deserted_cemetery_tucked_away_in_a_discreet_woodland_clearing,_and_along_many_miles_of_the_rough_and_boggy_forest_tracks_used_by_local_woodcutters._While_traversing_one_of_the_latter,_the_car_became_so_deeply_stuck_in_the_mud_that_for_a_while_we_wondered_if_we_would_need_to_abandon_it_there._A_little...



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Replied - 12/29/2012
_End_of_the_Line,_Bulgaria_-__For_many_people,_Boxing_Day_traditionally_involves_long,_pleasant_hours_spent_in_front_of_the_television;_leftover_turkey_assimilating_itself_into_the_form_of_salads,_soup_or_curry,_and_new_socks_quickly_collecting_stray_pine_needles._These_things_are_all_terrific,_obviously_-_but_another_really_exciting_thing_about_the_festive_season,_is_that_security_guards_also_take_holidays_from_time_to_time._With_this_in_mind,_I_trekked_out_through_the_knee-deep_snow_towards_an_old,_abandoned_railway_station_on_the_edge_of_town._Earlier_this_year_I_shared_a_report_from_my_visit_to_a_Soviet_glass_factory_in_the_Balkan_Mountains._This_facility_had_produced_vast_shipments_of_glass_products_for_the_Soviet_Union,_with_a_train_track_that_led_right_up_to_the_furnace_doors;_allowing_the_efficient_delivery_of_sand_from_Bulgaria's_Black_Sea_beaches._In_1989_the_tracks_closed,_a_precursor_to_the_full-scale_collapse_of_Bulgarian_Communism_in_1990._The_glass_factory_struggled_on_for_a_few_years,_importing_its_sand_by_road,_before_finally_grinding_to_a_halt._Meanwhile,_the_train_depot_built_to_serve_both_town_and_factory_was_given_up_for_dead._The_rails_fell_into_disrepair,_and_entire_sections_were_removed_for_scrap_metal._It_took_me_around_an_hour_to_get_to_the_train_station_(a_much_faster_walk_without_the_snow),_passing_on_the_way_a_series_of_industrial_units:_including_a_milk_factory,_a_car_scrapyard_and_the_entrance_to_the_derelict_factory_I_had_visited_previously._Getting_inside_the_station_coul...



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