Thursday, June 23, 2005

CHINA'S UNDERGROUND SUPER-CITIES

Interesting piece about the incredible cities dug underground in Bejing. If China is publicizing this, what are they not telling us about? How many of these cities exist? Where are they?
For more than 20 years, Beijing’s Underground City, a bomb shelter just beneath the ancient capital’s downtown area, has been virtually forgotten by local citizens, despite being well-known amongst foreigners since it officially opened in 2000.

The Underground City has also been called the Underground Great Wall, since they had the same purpose: military defense.

This complex is a relic of the Sino-Soviet border conflict in 1969 over Zhenbao Island in northeast China’s Heilongjiang River, a time when chairman Mao Zedong ordered the construction of subterranean bomb shelters in case of nuclear attack.