This abandoned workshop had existed in Anshan, Liaoning Province, Northeast China. The area used to be the most important heavy industry base of the country. Since late 1990s, a huge number of state-owned factories were going bankrupt one bye one due to global structural changes.
The photo was taken in February 2004 and the workshop was knocked down in 2005.
chinadigitaltimes.net/china/wages/ (August 29, 2007)