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The Underground City

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Beijing, China.

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A bomb shelter on a massive scale, the Underground City covers 85 square kilometers beneath the streets of Beijing. A network of connecting tunnels and rooms, the structure was built in the 1970s to protect around forty percent of the entire city’s population from a potential Soviet attack. It was quite literally meant to act as a functional city, complete with restaurants, shops, and food storage facilities. Today, some of the shelters have been converted into stores or hostels, while other areas are open for tours.

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Written by  Sarah Clise.

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