Mostly because I won't have much time over the next two weeks and partly because TPR will be visiting these parks shortly, I have decided to combine all three of the major Beijing parks into this super update. (In 3 Parts) Since TPR will cover them in great detail I'm sure, I will try to stick to the major points and give my opinions of Sun Park, Beijing Shinjingshan Amusement Park & Happy Valley Beijing!
In a week or two look for a few more updates from China including a couple of parks in Shanghai and what remains of Mongolia's only roller coaster! Also look for an Olympic trip report including pictures from our patronage at seven of the Olympics finest events! After that it is on to Japan and a few of those parks that you have seen mentioned here numerous times before.
As always keep the comments coming. I really appreciate the feedback. (Please note that these pictures were taken several weeks apart during different visits to Beijing!)
Part 1: Sun Park (Chaoyang Park)
This park is located in the eastern part of Beijing and in addition to be a huge public park, it has loads of amusement rides and even a science museum. The name may also be familiar to you since it also houses the Beach Volleyball venue for the 2008 Olympics.
We really enjoyed the atmosphere and rides at this park. While it doesn't have anything life shattering, it was quite an enjoyable place to spend the afternoon. Now on to the trip report. Enjoy!
Actually there is a 4th park in BJ. Its called Beijing Amusement Park and unfortunately we didn't go in because they have two coasters and admission was north of $20.
Here is the entrance though.
Ok now on to the update. The first park "Sun Park" is another park within a park. It is located within Chaoyang Park in Beijing. To enter the public park you pay 5yuan entrance.
As you can see from this map the park is enormous and the amusement section takes up about a quarter of it.
The park itself is quite serene much like all Chinese parks.
We were really surprise to see just how many rides this park had.
Heck they even have a parachute tower!
Ok on to the coasters. The first coaster of the day was the mine train. It is housed in quite the fake looking mountain.
It basically helixes around the mountain a couple of times. All in all, quite lame!
The next coaster was their spinning wild mouse. (Yes this is the same as all of the others!)
They also have another mouse coaster.
Not bad for what it is!
Moving on we see the next coaster, which is coincidentally the same purple color as the other two.
Its your standard loop then two corkscrew layout.
Along the exit path a gate is left wide open that leads right under the coaster. (You wouldn't see this in the U.S.)
The Disk-O is very popular in China. Every park has one!
The First Person Responsibility System is in place here.
Moving on, I have a test. Do you think this is a credit or not?
If you guessed no then you are right. It is a powered shooting ride!
The lion head was my favorite animal to shoot.
Ok credit whores... back to the coasters.
Now call me silly, but this gave a great head chopping effect. (And we got to run 7 cycles on it!)
Ok on to the sixth coaster. It is a family coaster that is themed to Tarzan.
Look its Tarzan's Treehouse!
The theming is quite impressive.
Another China amusement park staple is the fireman game.
With all of the credits out of the way, we decided to explore the park further and check out the Beach Volleyball Olympic venue. (This was a couple of weeks before the Olympics started.)
The park is fantastic!
There was literally a team of 10 gardeners in this area working to keep the site looking nice.
Here is the entrance to the Beach Volleyball ground pre olympics. (Check back later on our Olympic TR for the inside since we were lucky enough to see a few matches there!)
I'll close part 1 with a few random shots from Chaoyang Park.
Also since we visited right after leaving, I'll throw in a couple of shots from our first visit to the Bird's Nest and Water Cube area.
The Bird's Nest is 10 times more impressive in person than on TV.
This day was the worst air quality I have ever seen anywhere. (It felt like breathing in cigarette smoke!)
Ok I'll close with the picture I know you wanted to see!
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Beijing Shinjingshan Amusement Park gained fame last year when they were shown using knock off Disney characters. I am happy to report that on our visit there were no characters around, only the Cinderella Castle that sits in the back of the park.
As for the park itself, it houses 9 coasters (With a tenth almost ready to open) and all of them are crap! The park also has no unlimited ticket so each ride must be purchased individually. This lead to me paying quite a bit to ride the coasters and nothing else.
The park sits on two sides of real train tracks and the front seems to be quite a bit more run down than the back. Also there is a new section of the park in the back that is quite nice, but very cheaply done. It is quite obvious that this park has had a monopoly for some time and they are now trying to compete wit Happy Valley by building these new sections.
The other thing that makes this park noteworthy is that it houses a fake Vekoma SLC. That ride was horrible. The first half was so rough and the second half the train meandered slowly through the track. Quite an experience! Anyway I hated this park, but what the heck I picked up 9 credits! Enjoy.
(Look for Part 3: Happy Valley Beijing in a couple of days!)
I introduce to you hell on earth!
After 30 mins at the front trying to figure out if they had an unlimited ticket we finally gave up and headed inside the park.
From here everything looks nice!
But just look around and the truth suddenly becomes apparent!
The first coaster we came to was a shuttle loop. (It wasn't that bad!)
Here is the other side!
The next coaster was the same mine train from Sun Park.
Except that it has top notch theming!
Walking further we found more ripoffs from Disney. The American Adventure...
And Spaceship Earth! The ball housed a ride that sounded like a rip off of Soarin', but we didn't ride it.
Now on to the back section of the park. These "real" train tracks run right through the park.
Double Decker carousel and fake SLC!
I was really scared to get on this thing!
Fake SLC seats!
GOD please don't let me die!
At times I actually saw the wheels leave the track.
The ride is painful and incredibly slow at times.
Hey the park looks really nice here!
The fourth coaster of the day was Worm Coaster. It was a big version of the kiddie ride at Sun Park!
Yay for coasters that go through apples!
See parts of the park look really nice.
But then you have cheap crap like this. (It is just a screen!)
I know at this point you are wondering if they have a spinning coaster too! Well of course they do.
They also have a looping double corkscrew coaster.
Methinks it is going to be painful!
Now on to Dream World the new section of the park.
It is bright and clean and for kids.
Heck they even have a water battle.
And employees that ride standing up.
Leaving Dream World we came to the fakest looking rock mountain ever!
The water ride actually looked good, but we didn't ride.
Here is an example of the excellent rock work.
This mountain also houses a dinosaur themed indoor coaster that is brand new.
The parks other new coaster was not yet operating on our visit. It is a suspended coaster that goes through a really fake looking forest.
I snuck into the station to get a peak at the trains.
The rock master at work.
This ride was fun though!
Ok this is cool.
Ok back to the coasters.
This mouse was quite crazy.
Hence the name!
Before the next coaster its time to take our photo in front of Cinderella's Castle.
The parks last coaster just basically went in circles.
Beijing Park #2 and open gate #2
Ok thats about it. The park really mixes crappy and ok, but mostly crappy. (As seen here and this mountain is brand new!)
We have been back home for a bit now and I thought I would try to finish out this thread with a couple of parks not seen on this site before. First off I have what's left of Nairamdal Park in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia which housed Mongolia's only known roller coaster.
I first heard about this park in an online blog post while doing research on Mongolia. I then found more information in the Lonely Planet, but ultimately discovered that I made it to Mongolia about a year to late to experience this special place. The Lonely Planet describes Nairamdal Park as Mongolia's version of Disneyland. Even though it is now defunct, judging from what I saw, they were stretching a bit with that description. I hope you enjoy!
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UB is full of old soviet style apartment complexes.
But with the fall of communism more interesting buildings have started to appear.
Nairamdal Park is located not to far from the shark's fin building. The whole park had a fence around it, with one exception.
We did find an opening in the driveway to a sports complex that is located adjacent to the old park.
At first glance this just looks like a vacant lot. Its hard to believe Mongolia's version of Disneyland stood here just one year earlier.
Ah we have some sort of Chinese themed building. Now I know what they are talking about with the Disney comparisons!
Continuing on, what do I see in the distance?
Why its a very scary looking ferris wheel.
As we approached the wheel, what is left of Mongolia's only known roller coaster began to appear.
One scary looking mouse!
It has been partially disassembled.
After looking around for a while I decided to fulfill a coaster geek's fantasy.
I climbed slowly on the rusted out steps to the top of the lift hill.
and then came down closer for another picture while yelling "I conquered Mongolia's only roller coaster!" (Ok maybe not)
After a few moments of silence for the defunct coaster that I wasn't ever going to be able to ride, we moved in for a closer look at the ferris wheel.
And found the basis for all of those Disney comparisons.
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