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The Shijingshan Amusement Park, known by some as "Beijing Disneyland," features over 50 rides and attractions, almost all of which would be in serious copyright violation if located almost anywhere other than the People's Republic. Disney isn't the only source of the park designers' dubious inspiration; many characters and rides are uncannily similar to Looney Toons, Pokemon, Doraemon and a number of other internationally known cartoons. All told, don't go if you're deeply offended by intellectual property theft. Do go if you get a..
Splendid China (Jǐnxiù Zhōnghuá, 锦绣中华) is part of the theme park complex outside Shenzhen that includes the China Folk Culture Villages. All of China's natural and cultural landmarks are on display here, from the Great Wall to the Forbidden City to Suzhou's famous gardens, with the grounds roughly resembling a shrunken China and the landmarks laid out accordingly. There's also cuisine from all over China, traditional performing arts, and buses to shuttle patrons around so you can see it all in a day. It is more or less a..
Window of the World (Shìjiè Zhī Chuāng, 世界之窗) is a theme park directed at Chinese tourists new to world travel. In fact, rather than encourage the inquisitive noveau-riche to go out and actually see the world, Window of the World simply encourages them to go to Shenzhen where they can see all of mankind's major attractions in about two hours. While often described as miniature, the sites are by no means dollhouse-sized; the scale is roughly 1:15, so they're actually quite big. Everything's here—the Eiffel Tower, the Taj..
Ocean Park, once unquestionably Hong Kong's premier theme park, took hits from the Asian Financial Crisis, the SARS scare and, most damaging of all, from the Disney empire, which opened a local Magic Kingdom franchise in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland. Unable to compete directly with Mickey and crew's brandname power, Ocean Park has successfully set out in a new direction in recent years, upgrading and adding rides while also moving away from a fantasy-based theme park toward more of an eco-theme park focused on (you guessed it) the ocean...
Tiger Beach Ocean Park (Lǎohǔtān Hǎiyáng Gōngyuán, 老虎滩海洋公园) is located in Dalian's Binhai District. China's largest ocean amusement park, it covers 4 km (3 mi) of coastline and features marine life from all over the world. Highlights include the world's biggest Polar Aquarium where you'll find marine animals from both polar regions including belugas, penguins, sea otters, polar bears and other creatures from these freezy climes. There's also the Coral Hall, featuring tropical fish and around 200..