Did you know that China, besides having impressive historical monuments, also boasts an impressive array of theme parks? Not just for the kids, the theme parks in China cater for all ages and tastes. Magical places where thrilling rides sit comfortably alongside colorful theatrical shows and breath-taking circus performances. Let’s explore five of the best.
First stop on our whistle-stop tour is the Southern District of Hong Kong, where you will find Ocean Park, a theme park that attracts over 7 million visitors per year. As the name suggests this place is famed for its oceanic wildlife and can boast it has one of the biggest aquariums in the world – full of all sorts of wonderful sea creatures. The highlight has to be superb shows featuring the dolphins and sea mammals – who provide a spectacular performance for their attentive audience.
Moving away from all things aquatic Ocean Park also has “The Summit,” a thrill-seekers dream, this area plays host to exhilarating rides (try out the Hair Raiser if you are brave enough). If you’re seeking something a little less frenetic head to “Old Hong Kong,” which will give you a flavor of what life was like in the years gone by. Ocean Park has another string to its bow – the “Giant Panda Adventure,” where you can get close to rare giant pandas, red pandas, and Chinese giant salamanders. The park even has an “Adventures in Australia,” area where you can see furry koalas and bouncy wallabies. You can top it all off with a panoramic gondola ride which will give you a birds-eye view of Ocean World and the ocean beyond.
Ocean Park is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult (aged 12 or above): HK$385, Child (aged 3–11): HK$193, Children under 3 years old and local senior residents aged 65 years old or above: free. Or – get your tickets for 10% OFF on ChinaClickGo.com
Our second stop takes us to Shanghai Disneyland. It’s the largest park in relation to the other theme parks in China and it’s very popular. Shanghai Disneyland offers adventure and thrills for guests of all ages, there are rides, plenty of performances and Disney characters that will appeal to all.
In fact, there’s so much to see you will need more than just one day here –why not make the most of your trip and stay over in one of nearby hotels? Choose from the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel or the Toy Story Hotel.
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Disneyland is open daily at around 8:00am (closing times vary depending on the day so it’s important to check before hand). You can buy a 1-day ticket at CNY499 for adults, CNY375 for children (up to 1.4m tall) and CNY375 for seniors over 65 years. Or you can go for a 2-day ticket at CNY900 for adults, CNY680 for children (up to 1.4m tall) and CNY680 for seniors over 65 years.
Changzhou Dinosaur Park
For something a little different we love this cultural park with its hot springs, lush gardens, fabulous dinosaur land and water park (which is open in July and August).
Located in the New Area District, Changzhou this theme park has rides for both children and adults, and its own Dinosaur Island. Here you can go on a dinosaur hunt, clamber over obstacle courses, try your hand at forest climbing and sit back and enjoy one of the many exciting stage performances
Changzhou Dinosaur Park is open Mon-Fri 09:00 to17:00 and at the weekends 09:00 to 17:30. The hot springs generally opens from 13:00 in the week until around 22:30. At the weekend it opens at 10:30 and closes at 23:30. Tickets are CNY230 for a 1-day adult pass to China Dinosaurs Park and CNY218 for the hot springs. For children it’s CNY115 for the dino park and CNY108 for the hot springs. It also costs extra to take a tour on the dinosaur boat and see the show.
Hello Kitty Park, Anji (Close to Hangzhou)
Okay, so maybe not a “must visit” when in China, but we couldn’t just ignore it. Hello Kitty park in Anji City is the only one built outside of Japan, the origins of the pink cat, and one of 60 that are planned totally to be built in China, eventually. Most critics will say it isn’t really worth the 3-4 hours journey there from Shanghai, but if you really want to get a taste, there is an indoors park to be open in Shanghai in October 2018, So you won’t be missing the fun!
Beijing Happy Valley
Located in the South East of Beijing, at Chaoyang District, Happy Valley covers over 500,000 square feet and is one of 9 amusment parks baring the same naem. You can find the others in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Nanjing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Hong Kong.
In Beijing, there are seven themed areas including Atlantis, Aegean Harbor, Shagri-La, Ant Kingdom, Wild Fjord, Lost Maya and Happy Time. Prepare to be delighted by the tree-houses, ancient towers and majestic lakes, amble through the scenic ecological forest and marvel at the Crystal City. This is a magical place that will wake up your senses, regardless of your age!
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Beijing Happy Valley is open throughout the year, from March – November the park opens weekdays 09:30 to 20:30 and weekends 09:00 to 20:30. During the winter season (November – March) the park opens from 10:00 to 17:30. Ticket prices are dependent on season too, from March – November it’s CNY 260 for adults and children above 1.5m; CNY 160 for children between 1.2 to 1.5m and free for children under 1.2m. During the winter season it’s CNY 220 for adults and children above 1.5m; CNY 160 for children between 1.2 to 1.5m; and free for children under 1.2m. Night tickets are also available that allow for evening entrance to the park.
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