I`m coming up with another part of our journey but first I would like to thank all of you who liked this TR so far, thanks for all the warm words!
Part 2: Parks of the Pearl River Delta
Part 2.3 Happy Valley Shenzhen
Shenzhen is the border city to Hongkong, but has grown so fast that is now bigger than Hongkong. Take a train from downtown Hongkong, relax for the 45 minutes train ride, take a Shenzhen Visa (all people from the US need a special, very expensive Visa, so do it from the states) and take the new subway for another 30 minutes and than you`re in the world of OCT - oversea china town.
the OCT group (also built the Happy Valley Beijing) has bought a big part of west Shenzhen, built houses for some ten thousand people, built a cultural theme park, two miniature theme parks (Splendid China & windows of the world) and most important for us: a classical amusement park.
Happy Valley Shenzhen feels like the best chinese theme park but I can`t say why. It don`t have a real signature ride like Happy Valley Beijing but it feels like a real great park. It only has two coasters, a Vekoma SLC (the same like in Beijing) and a great themed mine coaster from Vekoma (also the same Beijing model).
It has a real nice looking shoot-the-chute (but way to long ride time), a raft ride, some nice themed flat-rides and a lot of shows!
The whole park has a beautiful landscaping, some great theming and best of all: a brilliant looking extra water park in the middle (!) of the park.
On our tour day it was about 90 degree (about 32 celsius), but the water park was closed (they`ll open this water park only in the summer - ????).
Happy Valley Shenzhen is such a great theme park and if they`ll add one or two signature rides this park will easy become one of my top 20 parks worldwide.
Welcome to Happy Valley Shenzhen
the nicest chinese theme park
one area of the park stays open until 10 pm, every day
the entrance to the great looking water park, in the middle (!) of the park
the park wasn`t open (man, 90 degrees / 32 c - and this park isn`t open)
it`s not summer season yet !?!?
the western part (US friendly part)
the great looking Vekoma mine train
more themed rides
well themed shoot-the-chute
but the chinese don´t like to get soaked
the Vekoma SLC on the other side of the lake
nice landscaping around the coaster
a theme park with a sandy beach, how cool is that?
and some more landscaping...
Happy Valley Shenzhen, without signature ride, a great park!
Someone said it before, every city in china has two sides - and so we made the mistake and searched for the other park in Shenzhen.
Part 2.4 Honey Lake Amusement Park
I had nor real idea where to find this park, and it was really hard.
We first found the old part of the amusement park. You ask why old part?
As I wrote, Shenzhen is growing real fast, and so someone decided that they need a motorway right through the grounds of this park.
And so they had split this park in two halfs, but the one half isn`t existing anymore!
The other side isn`t any better!
There are only some old, old flat rides and two nearly damaged coaster.
I`m really sorry, but I was so shocked that I only took some photos, because we wanted to get away from this park as quick as possible. And I think, this park will die in the next one or two years.
After this real shock, we took the fastest way back to Hongkong...
before we found the Honey Lake, we discovered this fair - but it wasn`t open yet.
did we found the Honey Lake Amusement Park?
Yes, this is the entrance!
but the entrance plaza looks really weird?
oh okay this was the entrance - this old part is now a ghost theme park!
but they had no fence, and so we discovered the old part
the goverment decided to split the park with a new motorway - great idea!
but isn`t it charming?
we were actually so pissed, that we just made some more photos - this is the new part (which will not exist more than one or two years from now)
the Over Water Coaster
the Double Loop Coaster
and for the rest of the park I made this great picture
time to leave as fast as possible to the border to get back to Hongkong
Okay, I`m ending my third update today with some random Hongkong photos.
Part 3: Hongkong
Part 3.1: Random Pictures
First we visited a shopping mall for riding a strange coaster on the 9th floor of this shopping mall - but it was closed.
Second we discovered a big fair in downtown Hongkong, with 4 coaster and a lot of flat rides. The strangest thing: they all came from germany, and nearly all the ride operators were european guys.
You just pay one price and get a wristband for free rides and 30 coins for all the games.
Last thing to say about Hongkong:
This city is so unbelievable great! It has nothing special at all, but the view from the peak or the shopping experience are absolutely phenomenal.
In our last two updates you`ll get Hongkongs two theme parks Disneyland & the beautiful Ocean Park and further on Bangkok´s Dream World & Siam Park City.
Welcome to Hongkong - the Asian place to be!
here you`ll get architecture
built with bamboo
delicious food (okay not from this food stall)
and the best skyscraper landscaping worldwide
but also you get a closed coaster on the 9th floor (!) of a shopping mall
and if you choose the right time a classy fair
all the rides came directly from germany with european ride operator - strange...
this one looks really good - but was rough as hell!
but this fair has the greatest location ever!
but what we liked the most in Hongkong: shopping until midnight (this picture was taking at 11.30 pm!)
wow that park with the water park in the middle is absolutely stunning, it looks really overgrown but in a really attractive way with all the ivy and things, i really wish i could go
from the random hongkong pictures i remember when i went to nepal all the scaffolding was bamboo, very strong, and the sizes you get are unbelievable. also fantastic photo of the skyline across the water thats amazing!
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