Nara Dreamland Theme park, Japan
This ethereal place was a theme park near Nara, Japan built in 1961 and inspired by Disneyland in California as you can see from the castle. The park was closed permanently in 2006.
Underwater City in Shicheng, China
The amazing underwater Shicheng, or Lion City is 1341 years old. It was submerged in 1959 because of the construction of the Xin’an River Hydropower Station. The water protects the city from wind and rain erosion, so it has remained enclosed beneath the water in a quite good condition.
La Petite Ceinture Railway, France
Before the Paris Métro, there was the ‘Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture’ or “little belt railway” which was shut down completely in 1985. The time-worn walls through which the trains were running kept the Petite Ceinture secluded and allowed nature to reclaim the space.
SS Ayrfield, Australia
This floating forest is one of the ships’ hulls visible in the Homebush Bay, remains of the ship-breaking operations which operated in the bay in the mid-20th century.
Kiev metro tunnels, Ukraine
In the metro system underneath Kiev, Ukraine there are many tunnels that are partially flooded, and stalactites hang from the ceilings.
Dome houses, USA
Protruding from the water, a hundred feet off an isolated strip of beach, these white domes rise from the Gulf of Mexico a few miles south of Marco Island, Florida. A holiday home built in 1980 by a retired independent oil producer, Bob Lee, the houses were futuristic, self-sustaining and solar-powered. Sadly they were abandoned after hurricanes Wilma and Andrew.