So just how long is that Alpine "sliding car" ride? It looks damn awesome! (Hope you got some POV footage!) I soooooo wanna go to the Great Wall...
And BUTTERSCOTCH chicken?! Wow, sounds delicious! Watch out, with all that amazing food, you guys are gonna be putting on the pounds like ACErs in no time at all. By the end of the trip, you'll be asking parks for the XL shirts.
Today we hit our first real park! Beijing Shijingshan Park! Now this is the park that I heard got in trouble for being a "Disney Rip Off." Well, it's NOTHING like Nara Dreamland or any of those other knock off Disney parks.
If anything, this was more like a Six Flags or Cedar Fair knock off. It had versions of rides you may recognize, but they were all "Chinese Copies."
For example the Chinese SLC, the Chinese Wacky Worm, the Chinese Skycoaster, the Chinese Mad Mouse, etc, etc... All looked very similar to the original counterparts, but totally made locally.
Anyway, onto some photos....
Chinese breakfast had "Heart Attack" written all over it!
"Hey I got donuts and Cheerios and that's all I care about!"
Group photo at our first China park. Don't we all look excited?
In a very "Kentucky Kingdom" fashion, the park is built on two sides of the road...
One side features malaria lake...
The other side is over the rail road tracks!
Hmmm...the Chinese Vekoma SLC is looking a bit closed...let's come back later.
Ahh, yes...the Chinese Wacky Worm...this should be a QUALITY ride!
"Um....mommy...I don't need the credit THAT bad!!!"
You know...other than having the lift hill overgrown with trees, this actually wasn't that bad!
The wacky worm filled up with adults! Yes, even in China this is a typical scene for a TPR trip.
"If you would like tickets for your next ride, please see the giant penguin."
This was some bizarro spinning shooting dark ride. I didn't quite get it and Jeff thought it was a coaster! WTF???
Ooh! "Spinning Batman!' Now THAT sounds awesome!
So here is Spinning Batman...not only did it not spin AT ALL it had nothing to do with Batman!!!
Next up with the Jurrasic Adventure.... aka.... Dinner with Jeff's family.
It was cute! Totally indoor coaster with lots of theming! BTW, that's Jeff's great aunt and uncle.
"I'm CRRRAAAAAZZZYYYY angry Top Spin guy....gimme some chopsticks!"
Oh, dear...the Chinese SLC was now open!
There are some rides that just shouldn't be copied...and an SLC is one of them!
Some of the group had difficulty getting on. Basically if you were fat, tall, had wide shoulders, or one had sex with a leprechaun, you weren't allowed to ride. Unfortunately since I had that killer leprechaun threesome in New Jersey last year, I wasn't allowed to ride. :(
It looks like an SLC...but it is NOT!!!
We see you Chinese skycoaster!
This was "Space Trip" or Space Adventure or Adventures through Inner Chinese Space or something like that. It was basically a knock off Schwarzkopf.
Joey is ready to go trippin' through space!
This was really the only thing Disneyland related. Two things to note...one it's bigger than Disneyland's castle...and two, it wasn't as ghetto as Nara Dreamland.
"If you would like tickets for your next ride, please see the giant pineapple."
This was the Chinese Hershell Mad Mouse. What I didn't understand is that apprently this coaster opened in 2005....if you're going to knock off a mouse, how about copying a more modern one that doesn't BEAT THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF YOU!!!!
The expression says it all!
From the bridge you could see both sides of the park...on one side it was like Magic Kingdom...
On the other side...EPCOT! (Matt should be happy!)
Here is the knock-off Big Thunder Mountain that has killed fewer people than Disneyland's.
These scary guys are part of the "Theming!"
I'm cute! LOOK AT ME DAMMIT!!!
Oooh! We caught Chun Li training for her next Street Fight!
This is the Shuttle Loop...I can honestly say I had one of the few TRUE "Oh poo-poo!" moments on this coaster when we went back through the loop and the train stalled and the entire ride shook violently...I really thought we were stopping and the train was coming apart. I am NOT making this up! It scared the crap out of a lot of us!
KidTums has got that Asian "peace" sign for photos down!
On our way to lunch we found this shop...
Does this really need a caption?
We took a long visit to the Forbidden City...I have two things that remind me of this place. 1. Wonders of China film at Epcot, and 2. The "Just Say Mao" sampler CD from the 1980s. (Anyone else know what I'm talkin about?)
The Forbidden City was "ok" but culture is really not my thing. Luckily this is our last "culture" part of the trip...from now on it's all about knock of SLC's and other quality stuff! =)
There's a big throne which reminds me, I really wanted to find a bathroom and post to the forum "Hey everyone I'm currently taking a dump in the Forbidden City" but it just never happened...sorry to dissapoint!
Right before dinner we visited a silk factory where they showed us some worms...hmmmm...I wonder what is for dinner? =)
Testicles or Silk...you decide!
I had always wanted to visit a silk factory sweatshop and now I have! Major milestone in my life checked off now!
The tour was only awesome because they made Joey do manual labor!
And Elissa bought a Chinese silk dress...now my fantasies of role playing as a Chinese emperor and my concubine can come true!
We had our own little rooms for dinner (watch out for the silkworms!)
And the bathrooms at our lunch restaurant were a little....um....strange?
"OMG! It does smell like cookies!"
And we will leave you with that image burned in your head! More random China stuff tomorrow!
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