A Creepy Look Inside Abandoned Beijing's Olympic Venues

Ten years on from the Olympics, it lies in ruins.

Ten years ago, Beijing held the eyes of the world on them as the world's greatest athletes descended on the city to compete in the XXIX Olympic Games.

At the time, China was being hailed for putting on an incredible show but 10 years later, those venues are overgrown ruins long forgotten by the public.

Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground
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Image: Getty | GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
Image: Getty | GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park

The venue where Jacqui Lawrence took out the silver medal in the K1 event in 2008 is now almost completely drained and more closely resemble a swamp than an Olympic track.

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Laoshan BMX Venue

The BMX stadium which was once colourful and exciting has become completely overrun by overgrown weeds -- the track is  unrecognisable and barely visible anymore.

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Olympic Mascot "Beibei"

Not even the mascots could escape the slow march of time. All five of the "Fuwa" (which translates to 'good-luck dolls') have been photographed in the bush, seemingly dumped after doing their work for 16 days.

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Even more pictures of the run-down venues show just how creepy the abandoned spots really are:

The entrance to the grandstand of the beach volleyball stadium. Image: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
The storage under the grandstand for the cooling mist fans at the beach volleyball venue. Image: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
A walkway into the BMX stadium venue. Image: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images
Nini (L) and Yingying, two of the five mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, lying among trees behind an abandoned, never-completed mall in Beijing. Image: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

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