Tour the Ultimate Evil Headquarters in China: A Nuclear Plant in a Cave
"Hey, let's go to China and visit a nuclear plant!" These are words which the more adventurous travelers might be hearing soon, as China has indeed opened up one of their old nuclear plants as a tourist attraction, complete with tours of the facilities and a look around the mountain cave in which it is housed, a cave designed to "withstand thousands of tons of explosives and 8-magnitude earthquakes." That's one impressive cave!
The plant, called 816, was active from 1966 to 1984 and was finally declassified in 2002. The Chinese are working to make it a tourist site for the purposes of "national defense education" (whatever that means) and for a general hands-on look at nuclear energy. For now, the 816 Nuclear Military Facility in Chongqing is open only to domestic tour groups, so you'd have to sign up for a tour once you got to China.
There are many travelers out there attracted to such dangerous sites, and we're thinking that visiting 816 would be a far safer alternative than trying to head up to Russia's Chernobyl.
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