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Abandoned Resort: Sanzhi, Taiwan

Sanzhi might look like a town out of a Star Trek episode, but it is actually an abandoned tourist destination in the north of Taiwan. The concept behind Sanzhi was to build futuristic pods that would act as summer villas for the affluent who wanted retreats from the city. It was an idea that was well received and even gained financial backing from the government. Construction began in 1978, but investment capital dried up in 1980 before the project was completed.  The company would go bankrupt and the property was left to rot.


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There is much speculation and legend associated with what caused the planned resort at Sanzhi to fail.  The most common reasons suggested were a combination of poor financial prospects combined with intense regional superstition. Workers have cited a number of fatal accidents during construction, some so severe it forced the contractor to temporarily stop construction.  As the number of fatalities increased, the government’s support of the project waned until it would ultimately discontinue subsidizing the project.


This lack of funding combined with a high number of fatalities helped grow rapid speculation the land was cursed. Regardless the reason, too many had lost their lives in what should not have been a risky construction project. Unfortunately, the construction company responsible for the project has destroyed all records – possibly in an attempt to remove any evidence or proof of culpability.

Since all records have been destroyed, details of the fatal accidents – and even the architect of the project’s name – are things we may never know.

In 2011, the area sits as it has for decades because it has little redevelopment value. Local legend still seems to suggest this property is cursed. Lore says the spirits of those workers who lost their lives in the fatal construction accidents still roam Sanzhi as well.  If it wasn’t cursed before, it surely is now.

Will this project ever be finished or the land developed?  By the late 2000’s, the Taiwanese government finally decided to tear down the failed resort. Demolition was supposed to have begun in 2008.

See overhead satellite image: click here


Update 26 March 2014: Thanks to information from reader John Wilkerson, we know the San Zhi resort has been demolished. As of the date of this update, you can still see the resort on Google Maps. However Bing Maps does indicate the land has been cleared.

Before & After: Google (top) and Bing (bottom).




  1. Erick S
    August 9, 2011 at 01:01

    Great blog here!

  2. mma
    July 11, 2012 at 23:11

    Spooky and interesting place!

  3. Kevin White
    February 26, 2013 at 12:41

    Rather then tear it down why not finish it, sell it and make a profit out of it instead of a wasted venture. Of well I suppose you have to weigh in silly irrational superstitious people. Almost sounds like the company was up to some risky business.

  4. Sam
    March 3, 2013 at 22:30

    I’m pretty sure the place has been torn down. Too bad =/

    • Shylene
      November 29, 2013 at 10:28

      i think so too i kinda wouldve liked to see it up close but oh well theres always takakonuma greenland park to see……yuck, so creepy!

  5. Henri
    March 6, 2013 at 23:31

    Nope, it’s still there !, went to see it..

    • Shylene
      November 29, 2013 at 10:26

      actually no it isnt they supposedly tore it down in 2010

  6. L
    June 29, 2013 at 09:33

    It says that in 2011 it’s still standing, but it was suppose to be torn down by 2010.

  7. September 14, 2013 at 00:38

    Just checked Google Maps and the UFO village is still there: https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=25.260959,121.477675&q=loc:25.260959,121.477675&hl=en&t=m&z=15

    • Shylene
      November 29, 2013 at 10:28


  8. BillzBub
    October 7, 2013 at 06:44

    Look at the street view on the map link above! Most definitely gone. Henri is incorrect

  9. Laura
    November 22, 2013 at 08:54

    I saw this place. It was really fascinating. If my memory is right, a famous taiwanese pop band should have filmed a musical video there also… However, I was there at the end of 2008 and they still were there. They seems to have been demolished in 2010.

    • Shylene
      November 29, 2013 at 10:29

      i thought so too! i am oh so confused! =)

    • vievieorange@yahoo.com
      December 7, 2013 at 23:26

      I see the same in wanli beach too. There are an unique house like this too.. But the house is old n dirty…so curious n strange…uoh!!!

  10. John Wilkerson
    March 18, 2014 at 23:42

    It’s been thankfully destroyed. I live in San-Zhi and this has been quite an ugly eyesore for so many years.

  11. Thais
    April 15, 2014 at 10:42

    I really wish I had known this place

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