Some of the buildings have fallen into disrepair
Today, the complex has largely fallen into disrepair, but it’s nevertheless fascinating to walk around. It remains secluded even today, with the only hint of its existence a stone plinth on the street outside. The gate on Tiandeng Long is usually locked, meaning if you want to enter you’ll need to get in touch with Guo Yuwen, a cheerful retiree who still lives inside. She also operates as a Mandarin tour guide (for 30RMB) and will walk you through the site while chatting about its, and her family’s, history.