After Knight Valley we hit a couple of smaller parks in the Shenzhen area. First was Zhongshan Park, which was just really a credit stop. Next up we hit Window of the Wolrd which is a park that has a lot of models of landmarks from around the world. Nothing amazing in terms of rides but some really hilarious sights to be hold are housed here.
I’ll let the photos do the talking...
Zhongshan Park entrance photo! (Complete with Overlord)
For the Ferris Wheel enthusiasts.
Oh yes!!! A Golden Horse spinner!
If I had to work in a dragon’s mouth all day I’d be more enthused about my job.
The theming in the middle of the kiddie coaster looked quite phallic indeed.
Excitement levels were off the scale here.
Alright, credits done. Let’s move on!
The Brit Crew’s favourite hotel chain are still alive and well in China it seems. (kind of)
Window of the World entrance photo! (Also note the Overlord)
Window of the World essentially is like a Legoland Miniland without the Lego.
These things freaked me out more than the statues at Knight Valley!
This park’s credit was a bit more imaginative than your usual Chinese coaster.
Indoor boat coaster!
It was pitch black inside this thing! Quite disturbing in a park like this!
Yay, I finally got my Niagara Falls credit!
So much America in one photo.
I guess this means that the park has been around for a while.
Larry's trying to figure out how to get to Africa.
It’s like Lego but nowhere near as awesome.
A big crowd of TPR people gathered at a fence. This can only mean one thing...
This was trip highlight for these guys, I’m sure!
Just like being in the real countries!
Larry got us lost in Africa. Never trust Larry to take you somewhere in a park.
What’s that, Larry?
Another culture credit that I can check off the list.
Who needs to visit the real Greece when you can just come to the middle of nowhere in China?!
I miss Hotel Colosseo.
Feels a bit more like home now.
So much culture in this photo and without having to be in Paris. Win!
In Window of the World all the buildings are really small scale but the fruit is HUGE!
Here’s one for the Harry Potter fans.
This was amazing. Some of the guys walked past a gift shop and got totally accosted and dragged back inside by the staff!
Glad to not be at Fuji-Q today!
No need for me to visit India now!
I miss Japan.
At Window of the World you always leave very satisfied.
This stuff all looked pretty cool.
The real way to see the entire world is by monorail.
It seems like there’s plenty of space here for the park to do shows and stuff. The place was relatively quiet when we visited though.
Here’s Larry demonstrating that he’s completely inept at framing a photo on an iPhone.
Window of the World was fun – I always like seeing these quirkier Chinese parks even when a lot of the stuff in them a bit crap!
After the park we went for more traditional Chinese food. Tonight’s main course... Duck head.
we also had Mr Fish. He was pretty tasty.
Tonight haul of animal parts... Duck head, crab claws and fish head.
After dinner and a fair few drinks this happened. Oops. Sorry guys!
This day was quacking! We did some fun and random stuff as well as look into our dinner’s eyes.
Up next – the last park in mainland China – Happy Valley Shenzhen!
Our last park in Mainland China was Happy Halley Shenzhen. This was the first Happy Valley park to be built so for the Happy Valley fanboys it’s kind of like Disneyland. Everyone knows that it’s not the best park in the chain but don’t try and argue with them that original isn’t the best.
The park has a fairly well rounded collection of rides including a couple of Vekomas, a Golden Horse spinner (of course) as well as the very recently added S&S launched coaster, Bullet Coaster. There was also a couple of unique indoor attractions, the park certainly had plenty to do and was about as nice as any Happy Valley park can be.
Bullet Coaster was actually closed to the public on the day we visited due to an American TV production filming on the ride. Robb, yet again pulled a masterstroke and worked some magic to make sure we all got to ride. TPR trips never cease to amaze me int he lengths they’ll go to to get everyone on the rides! Very much appreciated.
After the park we had a very popular Chinese dinner in KFC (Seriously, they love it over there) and then set off for Hong Kong.
Here’s some photos....
Happy Valley Shenzhen entrance photo! It’s the last park in Mainland China of the trip!
Oh dear, looks like we arrived on school trip day! Good thing they’re too short to ride the coasters!
First credit – Vekoma semi-hotness.
A metal bull protruding from a wall can only mean one thing...
Golden Horse Spinner, of course!
These local girls were quite taken by Stacey. I guess they had never seen a blonde girl before!
As scary as it is to see an SLC, in China you just have to be happy that it’s made by Vekoma!
This SLC had a really cool “RCT inspired” element!
This SLC also gets really close to the ground.
Ghetto horror maze! Can’t get enough of these!
This one seemed to involve yetis getting mutilated.
Ben had clearly been through quite a tough night.
There’s something very saucy about the height markers at Happy Valley Shenzhen!
Speaking of saucy... CREDIT!
Larry finally found a girl who won’t get up and walk away the minute he sits at a table.
I’m always up for a Happy Time!
The last in a long line of water rides in China that I avoided!
Happy Valley Shenzhen’s comparisons with Disneyland continue with all the buildings that exist around the park.
The Chinese school kids were quite enthusiastic as Dan found out early in the morning when he led them in song!
Pass the poop!
This kids land hadn't opened yet. Here’s an exclusive construction shot. You’re welcome.
Desperados!!! It’s also worth pointing out that I absolutely kicked Larry’s ass at this!
Now for a Happy Valley staple. The original Shooting Santa!
Die festive trinkets, die!!!
This is where Scottish Steve spent most of the day.
Kiddie credit. Of course we rode it.
Happy Valley also had this pretty cool obstacle course section. Not quite up there with some of the Scandinavian efforts but better than you’d likely see in America.
Little do these guys know that there’s a crowd of TPR people around the corner manning the water cannons.
This attraction was really weird and cool. You would sit around a table and wear a pair of headphones. The lights would be turned out and binaural audio of scary crap happening would play in your ears!
It was pretty effective, as demonstrated by Larry here!
It’s amazing how those rock structures transform these Vekomas into awesome looking coasters!
Another one of the cool indoor attractions... Here’s your Extraterrorestrial knock off!
Thankfully Stitch didn’t terrorise us in here!
Alright, only one coaster in Mainland China remains for us on this trip!
And it’s a good one!
The S&S launched coaster was quite impressive, I’d be happy to see more of these pop up (if they can make them reliable!)
Jon Locke apparently is a huge fan of Canada’s number one escape artist Dean Gunnarson!
Happy Valley definitely isn’t the nicest looking of the Happy Valleys but it does have a pretty decent selection of quirky attractions. I just hope that the S&S keeps working for them! And that’s your whack for Mainland China. After a couple of weeks it feels nice to move onto somewhere a little more “Westernised”...
That’s right... HK baby!
Once you cross the border everything switches and you have to get onto the other side of the bus.
After all that time in China the whole group seemed pretty excited about our next stop...
Disney’s Hollywood Hotel was pretty awesome!
Everyone was just giddy with excitement when we arrived here as can be evidenced by the next photo...
Check it out! Goofy’s actually in the pool! This is pretty much my favourite photo from the trip. It’s all kinds of awesome.
Alright, that’s your Disney tease for now. And it’ll stay that way for a day or so as Ocean Park is up next!
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