Modern tourists are looking for more than just sun and sea, or visiting the popular big cities around the world. They are looking for adventure and something they have not seen before. They are always searching for new and interesting locations, which do not always need to be comfortable or luxurious. This is why some of the popular tourist attractions are the abandoned cities around the world. There are many abandoned cities in all corners of the world which have become interesting for visitors. There are many reasons why the city has become abandoned, and the story is a part of the tourist experience. Here we will take a look at some of the amazing abandoned cities which can be visited by everyone.
Kowloon Walled City
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This abandoned city is located just outside Hong Kong and it served as a sentry to guard against pirates. After the Japanese occupation during the Second World War no one wanted to take responsibility for it and it remained as its own lawless city. Corruption and crime flourished there. The inhabitants constructed walkways above street level because the streets were overflown with trash. At one point the closely constructed buildings blocked out the sunlight so the whole city was illuminated by fluorescent lights during the entire day. It was torn down in 1993, when the anarchy could no longer be tolerated by both the British and the Chinese governments.
Village of Oradour-sur-Glane
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This village was a place of a brutal massacre during the Second World War, when German soldiers killed 642 residents as a warning to the French Resistance. They spared no one and slaughtered men, women and children alike. Its ruins stand as a monument to their deaths.
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A mining city in Australia was once home for 20,000 people. They mined asbestos when it was discovered and it was regarded as one of the richest asbestos mines in the region. Unfortunately before the discovery of the harmful effects of asbestos, nearly 1,000 people lost their lives due to asbestos poisoning. The others left the city, apart from the 8 people who still live there. The blue asbestos sediments can be still seen in the streets.
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Located in the northern Indian Muslim state this ancient city was abandoned for 400 years. It is home to amazing ruins including a mosque and a royal palace. This palace is an important shrine to the goddess Shiva, but the only residents nowadays are the small tribes which live on the nearby plateau.
Bodie State Historic Park
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This abandoned city in California is one of the gold mine ghost towns of the American West. Once populated by 10,000 people it was a booming center during the gold rush. Abandoned during the middle of the last century, only a part of it remains but it is still a popular tourist destination.