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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby bert425 » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:45 pm

cfc wrote:The "bubble tram" looks pretty cool.


They used it on the Amazing Race last year.

looks like quite the fun ride!
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:00 pm

final pics of the tower...
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Through this chapel looking door you reach the elevator that takes you to the 488 look out, the worlds highest observation deck.
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Guinness has made it official, at 488 meters (1601 feet) this is the highest observation deck in the world.
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The heart of the city as viewed from 488 meters in the air. Although this is only 30 meters higher than the main observation deck you really get a different perspective from this deck.
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Looking down to the main observation deck and bubble tram from the 488 out look. The giant drop rides are just below this deck.
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Looking out at some of the residential area from 488 out look, the bubble tram is in the lower portion of the picture.
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Looking down the Pearl River from 488 out look. We didn't stay too long on this deck because it just crosses that threshold of a calm night on the main observation deck to violent, freezing cold winds on this deck.
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2 Guinness records for highest attractions aint too shabby. Its funny to think my main residence is in Las Vegas, home to the former record holder and my second residence is Guangzhou and is home to the current record holder.
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Just above the indoor observation deck you can tour the innerworkings of the tower including the stabilization system for the tower and the fire control system.
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That's a big shock absorber. I'm thinking that the engineers from Windseeker came here and got their idea on how to make the seats stop crashing into each other.
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The whole are is rather large and takes up 2 floors. It really is unique to see how they keep the tower under control during high winds and the crazy weather in Guangzhou.
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The entire exhibit is really detailed and they explain the entire process thoroughly. While we taking the tour we watched this giant piece of metal moving on the guide rails, really cool and really scary at the same time.
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With the exception of the indoor observation deck and the revolving restaurant all the glass on the upper area of the tower have solar cells built into them so the lighting (including the 7000 exterior LED light fixtures) is completely reliant on solar power. I personally find this hard to believe with all the air pollution but hey, if its on a plaque it must be true.
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The skywalk, formerly known as the spider walk is the longest spiral staircase in the world at 1000 meters long (3280 feet). They start at the 32nd floor of the tower and end at the 64th floor, along the way there are glass stairs so you can get great views below you.
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Looking up at the staircase from the 32nd floor. It was at this point that Lily said no way and backed out. When you are at the bottom looking up it really is quite intimidating.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:16 pm

gerstlaueringvar wrote:Great photos! I really need to get back to Canton Tower :lover: Do you know who the manufacture of that bobble tram is? I'm thinking about Chance because of the track style but couldn't find anything online.



I honestly can not tell you who manufactured it. Like you I have tried to research it but have come up empty.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:06 pm

The final small park I visited in Guangzhou is actually way on the outskirts of Guangzhou proper in a town named Nansha. To get there you must take Guangzhou Metro line 4 (from the metro station at our apartment, Jiangtai Lu, it takes about an hour) then take a city bus for about 45 minutes to arrive at the Park. Metro line 4 is the only subway in Guangzhou that actually travels above ground for the last 30 minutes of the journey.


On to the pics...
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Once the subway leaves underground and comes above the surface you are treated to views of small fishing villages farms and towns.
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Old buildings are seen everywhere, this area is not very well developed or modern.
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Here is the inlet of the Pearl river as it flows to Guangzhou from the South China Sea.
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This area of Guangzhou is truly a complete opposite of the concrete jungle that is Guangzhou proper.
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Finally you come to the Jiaomen station in Nansha and take the "A" exit/entrance.
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At the bottom of the Metro station you arrive at the Nansha city bus terminal. You now take either bus 4 or 5 to the end of the line.
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Nansha is where the South China Sea spills into land forming the Pearl River. Here are tankers heading out to sea and as you can see the pollution was really bad today.
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Just follow this road to get to the next park, it is about a 10 minute walk. To the left is the Goddess Of The Sea shrine which is a statue of Mazu who oversees ships as they go to sea and provides them with safety on their journey.
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Here is a picture of the Goddess Of The Sea temple that I took on a previous visit to the area. You can see how truly beautiful this temple is.
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I finally found it, Binhai amusement park. I visited on a Wednesday and the park was a ghost town, it was so bad that only a handful of rides were actually open.
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The entry plaza to the amusement park.
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There are 3 coaster credits at this park, the first is a junior dragon coaster, it was not operating today.
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Bumper cars with the added bonus of a pink lawn chair. It was open but bumper cars are no fun alone so I passed.
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A unique looking flat ride, it was not operating today.
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Standard swing ride is found here, it was open, I know because at one time I saw a ride op but most of the time I was there he was no where to be found.
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They have a lake of disease separating the front half from the backhalf of the park. This is looking towards the rear of the park.
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They had a compact swinging Frisbee ride, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a trailer version of the ride.
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Lets see... Breaking Bad character as a pimp, check... Lightning McQueen, check... Large breasted anime character being groped by a panda, check... Yep, must be China. This was the arcade building by the way.
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They have a Tagada, it was not operating today which was sad because I kept telling myself on the ride to the park that today was the day that I was finally gonna ride the infamous Tagada. Maybe next time.
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The insane Chinese top Spin, this ride was open but no way in heck will I ride this one. Unlike the Top Spins in America where they are setup to only spin a couple of times the Chinese versions let the operator control the spinning and they are crazy when it comes to controlling the ride.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:10 pm

Here is a video I took from a previous visit to the park. I did not get the whole ride cycle of the Top Spin but I was able to capture 20 flips. The entire ride must have had 50 flips, those poor riders.


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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:35 pm

The rest of the pics for Binhai amusement park...
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The falling apart carousel, it was open shocker.
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They have a nice little flume ride but it was drained today so no rides for me.
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Another spinning flat ride.
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They have a Chinese knockoff spinning mouse. This coaster has never been open all the times I have been to the park so for me it is a missed credit. It looks like it just recently received a fresh paint job so it should have been open today but another no credit.
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They had a giant ferris wheel, Lily and I rode this previously and the rust really had me paranoid so even though it was running today it was a pass for me.
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There is an Enterprise spinning ride but, like a broken record, it was not running today.
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Of course there is a haunted house but unlike the other haunted houses I have been to in China this one doesn't have live actors inside but mostly it uses effects and props to get the scares.
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And of course they have a Viking swinging ship.
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At the rear of the park is the only running coaster today, a flying squirrel. See the "child" in the lower right of the picture, she is the ride op and in this picture she is doing her laundry at the sink by the ride. I had to interrupt her laundry so I could ride the coaster, now that was a first for me.
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Here is her laundry drying hanging from the gate surrounding the coaster.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:43 pm

Here is a video from a previous visit to the park. I am riding the flying squirrel coaster and at the end you will see people waiting on the platform, they were my entourage that day. Every time I go to this park random people start following me around and I think it is because this park is so far out that not too many foreigners come here so the locals are excited to see one. Every visit with the exception of this one I attract followers at the park. It's actually really fun to feel important for a little bit.


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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby TBpony414 » Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:51 pm

I thought that bubble tram looked familiar but couldn't place it until Bert425 pointed out that it was on The Amazing Race! That's where I saw it. Thanks Bert!

The spider walk photo looking up is trippy. I don't quite understand where you walked inside of it because it looked like only latticework. The Canton Tower is so impressive and I really love all the photos of everything with long descriptions, even when you are at the parks and navigating the metro. If I ever head over that way I'll be sure to pull up your TR first for directions ;) Ride op doing laundry is a new one! Too funny.

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:23 pm

^ The twins were destroyed there :lol:

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Re: Photo TR: Japan and southern China

Postby la2lvtom » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:20 am

TBpony414 wrote:I thought that bubble tram looked familiar but couldn't place it until Bert425 pointed out that it was on The Amazing Race! That's where I saw it. Thanks Bert!

The spider walk photo looking up is trippy. I don't quite understand where you walked inside of it because it looked like only latticework. The Canton Tower is so impressive and I really love all the photos of everything with long descriptions, even when you are at the parks and navigating the metro. If I ever head over that way I'll be sure to pull up your TR first for directions ;) Ride op doing laundry is a new one! Too funny.



If you look at the top center of the spider walk picture that is the staircase that wraps around the "hub" of the Canton Tower. Looking straight up like that it really is intimidating.

I am glad you enjoy the trip report, I am trying to include as much information as possible with each picture and throw in some relevant videos that pertain to the subject. I intentionally threw in information on how to get to each park by the Metro just in case someone who is reading this finds themselves in Guangzhou and wants to visit some small parks while they are there.
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Top 5 wood : 1. the Beast (Kings Island), 2. Wood Coaster (Knights Valley, Shenzhen China), 3. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), 4. the Voyage (Holiday World) 5. Ghostrider (Knott's Berry Farm)

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