The next two parks are a study in contrast. One (Xiaofantain) is located in the middle of nowhere in what looks like some sort of resort/summer camp, while the other (Amazing World) is inside of a decidedly urban shopping mall.
Robb's joy is apparent as he rides Xiaofantain's Jungle Mouse.
This ride is now immortal.
I don't think anyone rode the neighboring Paratrooper.
Well, there were chickens living under it.
I think this guy was selling dried mushrooms, but I'm not sure. There was a haunted walk through, which I unfortunately missed.
Yes, you will be amazed.
KFC--the fried chicken that Bruce Lee liked. (Or is this "Kung Fu Chicken"?)
But where is the amazement?
Ah ha! Amazingness, at last!
Hmm--I don't think I'd call it "amazing" but it does seem like "Pretty Pleasant World."
The "amazingness" levels have now slightly increased.
This is Amazing World's "extra large" Rollerskater. It bears the catchy name of "Roller Coaster."
It is, indeed, a bona fide Vekoma that has passed its safety test.
Roller Coaster has reached "amazing speed," which is just one step short of "ridiculous speed."
This is Speed Mouse--a very funky spinning coaster by Zamperla. (I'm sure Golden Horse is taking notes.)
Their excitement at sharing this experience is palpable.
Xiaofantain was a very strange place. The dark walkthrough was extremely creepy, had all sorts of weird effects in.
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Chapter 16: A Chinese Version of a Good Six Flags Park?--Chimelong Paradise
Well, after a long Christmas break, it's time to update this report. We visited two parks after our rescheduled credit-whoring day around Guangdong: Chimelong Paradise and Chuanlord Holiday Manor. These parks offer an interesting contrast; however, I took more pictures than I thought that day, so I'm going to split this day into two separate chapters.
Robb remarked that Chimelong was like a "good Six Flags park," and I agree with that assessment. The park itself was very attractive and well maintained, and the staff seemed pretty friendly, too. Although, unlike many other Chinese parks, it lacked a dark ride or a haunted walk through, there was a solid collection of non-cloned coasters here by Intamin, B&M, Vekoma, and Mack, and they offered a big (if somewhat silly) stunt show on top of that. There aren't any themed "lands" per se, but the park is divided into a number of "zones," such as "Screaming Zone" or "Adventure Zone" (and the kid-friendly "Happy Kingdom"). The landscaping throughout is essentially tropical.
In a shocking turn of events, there was neither a Spinning Mouse nor a Jungle Mouse!
But, as usual, the park seems to have trouble with names--unless you think "10 Inversion Coaster" or "Dive Coaster" are devilishly clever in their minimalism. Let's have a look at Chimelong Paradise. My next update will take on what I consider to be the "Chinese Knott's Berry Farm."
Welcome to paradise! Well, that may be overstating things, but it is a nice park.
Hmm--this looks like Sheikra buck nekkid to me!
OK, who died and made this "King of Roller Coaster"?
All coasters should have a "Happy Photo Studio." (Well, maybe not Ghostrider.)
Yes, these cameras have such high resolution that they can take a clear picture of a fly at over 100 yards.
Robb leads us in prayer before our filming session. Yes, all coasters are treated with proper reverence on TPR.
Can you not hear the angels singing in praise of B&M?
We dare not make a sound as the entire group is baptized in the Dive Coaster's sacred pool. (And, yes, it was a very good ride, indeed.)
And now, a coaster with an even cooler name than "Dive Coaster"--10 Inversion Coaster! (That's "Colossus" to our British members.)
Let's see, 1, 2, 3, . . . where are the other 7?
There are, indeed, 10 inversions! And that's the bottom line, because Intamin said so!
Once again, note the reverence of TPR members as they walk on holy ground.
Because smile good!
I admit that I'm not a big fan of Colossus, because it left me with a headache back in 2006.
This one didn't seem quite as rough, but I'm still not a big fan.
The loop is the best part.
I much prefer the Mega Lites or Gigas to these multi-inversion coasters.
Oh my god! Those poor people are going to be smashed into that support! Oh, the humanity!
This dude is definitely feeling "physically uncomfortable."
So the staff sent him here.
I felt a bit "physically uncomfortable" after riding this Intamin Half-Pipe.
But at least it's a real, honest-to-god Vekoma!
Neil is very happy to be riding a real Vekoma.
"Wha? Did something just crawl up my leg?"
Everyone seems to be smiling.
"Happy, smiling people everywhere . . ." I like these Booster Bike coasters, too.
The filming completed, the group was turned loose on an unsuspecting Chimelong Paradise.
"Ahoy! Coaster enthusiasts off the port bow! Tell the cook we be needin' extra gravy!"
Suddenly, I feel that I'm at Land of the Dragons in Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Or "the Justin Bieber Ride."
Now here's an interesting way to keep people from sitting on the handrails.
Again, the people ride in awed, reverent silence.
Another solid Mack ride being treated with the proper, quiet respect it deserves.
Bill was so moved by the experience that he wept with joy.
What's this? A hand in the air! Stone the blasphemer! More to come from Chimelong Paradise.
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