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Haunting Photos From an Abandoned Steel Mill in China

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As China’s economic engine slows, the steel industry is lagging with it. Getty Images photographer Kevin Frayer visited the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant in Tangshan, which closed in 2014. The eerie photos depict just one of the many zombie factories that are left to rot in Hebei province, once home to China’s thriving Steel Belt.

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China is the world’s leading producer of steel and Hebei once accounted for nearly a quarter of the country’s output. According to Chinese officials, a slump in domestic demand and plunging prices caused widespread economic downturn. As a consequence, large state-owned steel mills have been shut down and dozens of small privately-owned plants in the area have gone bankrupt.

In an attempt to restructure China’s slowing economy the government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons per year, resulting in as many as 400,000 jobs lost.

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Creepy idle machines

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A weigh station, with nothing to weigh

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Smoke stacks extinguished

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It’s hard to believe this was once a thriving plant

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Imagine this space bustling with activity

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Look at all this machinery that has been left to rust

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Empty conveyor belts and an empty road

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Steel tools with no hands to wield them

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Control panels that don’t beep and flash

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Workers’ lockers in shambles

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Shadows

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The last person who left did not close the windows

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Check it out: the apocalypse

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Nice reflection though

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Security camera and an imperial guardian lion at the gate, keeping watch

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A closed railway track to nowhere

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An empty task board

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Silent hall

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Control room

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No more steel production here

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DISCUSSION

That looks surprisingly derelict for only having been closed for a year or so!