Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Photo TR: Qatar, Hong Kong and China - COMPLETE!


Recommended Posts

Forbidden City

 

I'm not going to tell you what this is, because you should know. If you don't, shame on you!

 

There's a moat around it.

 

311643_10150792898990054_743580053_20721741_5031015_n.jpg

 

One of the main entrances, opposite Tiananmen Square. We used this one...

 

309570_10150368965727845_655017844_10223652_797225_n.jpg

 

293495_10150368966187845_655017844_10223664_4019872_n.jpg

 

It's huge, but we found it rather repetitive. Every time you walk into a new section, it's a the same as the previous one.

 

321117_10150792897835054_743580053_20721721_1490777_n.jpg

 

 

It's huge, but we found it rather repetitive. Every time you walk into a new section, it's a the same as the previous one.

 

306439_10150792898135054_743580053_20721726_7059509_n.jpg

 

It's huge, but we found it rather repetitive. Every time you walk into a new section, it's a the same as the previous one.

 

308320_10150368967957845_655017844_10223704_7833590_n.jpg

 

But, it was very pretty.

 

297907_10150792897975054_743580053_20721725_7450548_n.jpg

 

Me sashaying...

 

297111_10150792898405054_743580053_20721731_3861689_n.jpg

 

Ben shanteing...

 

298805_10150368966952845_655017844_10223681_1077171_n.jpg

 

On the way to the gardens...

 

298725_10150792898675054_743580053_20721735_7743843_n.jpg

 

The gardens were cute <3

 

297872_10150792898795054_743580053_20721737_7916457_n.jpg

 

301262_10150792898905054_743580053_20721738_666658_n.jpg

 

 

312845_10150368969192845_655017844_10223732_5025024_n.jpg

 

312570_10150368969402845_655017844_10223734_4440946_n.jpg

 

We then left at the other end, doing a circuit of the Raoul...

 

307150_10150368969517845_655017844_10223739_3342272_n.jpg

 

This got us back to Tiananmen Square. There were no tanks unfortunately, just babies being lifted in the air to piss in bins.

 

311145_10150368969957845_655017844_10223750_6270181_n.jpg

 

308960_10150368969767845_655017844_10223744_4166741_n.jpg

 

Looking back to FC...

 

309560_10150368970847845_655017844_10223769_3076734_n.jpg

 

Yeah, that's the square. It was pretty dull to be honest!

 

We quickly minced to Beijing Zoo, cus Ben wanted another Panda fix...

 

318890_10150368971487845_655017844_10223778_2888605_n.jpg

 

310895_10150368972477845_655017844_10223788_5549176_n.jpg

 

313425_10150368973082845_655017844_10223799_7649698_n.jpg

 

Aww <3.

 

 

People were throwing VARIOUS projectiles at the bears...

 

294400_10150368974887845_655017844_10223843_1963988_n.jpg

 

 

 

By this point it was time for dinner, and after seeing an advert on the metro for duck necks;

 

296209_10150792899085054_743580053_20721742_7187808_n.jpg

 

... we wanted some duck. Yeah.

 

This is the biggest duck restaurant in the world or something... it was excessive!

 

309077_10150792899315054_743580053_20721748_7003700_n.jpg

 

We had a whole duck, head included. 'Can we have the BILL please?'

 

299746_10150792899210054_743580053_20721745_6291143_n.jpg

 

It was well nice <3.

 

 

Oh, and the woman insisted that we have some bone soup.

 

It, was, grotesque.

 

 

Thanks for reading! Next part... Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park, home of the Chinese knockoff!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 69
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

^ Thanks!

 

Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park

 

With 10 coasters, this was the park with the most amount of credits on the whole trip. It was a pretty huge park actually.

 

As usual, it was about £2 to get in, then it was pay per ride. It wasn't cheap by any means, costing us more than £30 to get all our credits. When compared to the general cost of living in China, it's VERY expensive.

 

Knockoff Disney castle <3

 

310300_10150792893490054_743580053_20721668_3394331_n.jpg

 

The first credit we stumbled upon was the mine train, which was a clone of the one at Sun Park (but in a much worse condition)...

 

294223_10150368952622845_655017844_10223461_4171948_n.jpg

 

309195_10150368952177845_655017844_10223458_7415277_n.jpg

 

302818_10150792894780054_743580053_20721690_2137885_n.jpg

 

 

To get to the main section of the park you have to go over a bridge, which gives pretty good views of the other rides:

 

296752_10150368951852845_655017844_10223455_2060236_n.jpg

 

310262_10150368951417845_655017844_10223448_3196090_n.jpg

 

321475_10150368951557845_655017844_10223450_4987305_n.jpg

 

The SLC hadn't opened yet, so we jumped on the Big Apple next to it...

 

314959_10150368944732845_655017844_10223331_4512510_n.jpg

 

It was rather overgrown...

 

310224_10150368944832845_655017844_10223333_2951177_n.jpg

 

A Chinese park wouldn't be complete without a Golden Horse!

 

317531_10150368947592845_655017844_10223377_6602921_n.jpg

 

316138_10150368947797845_655017844_10223383_7745507_n.jpg

 

Next up was the Knockoff loopscrew...

 

309810_10150368947207845_655017844_10223372_5973428_n.jpg

 

320838_10150368945712845_655017844_10223345_2420077_n.jpg

 

317133_10150368945167845_655017844_10223337_6124286_n.jpg

 

If I remember correctly, this was the smoothest one on the trip and was ALMOST good!

 

313871_10150792893430054_743580053_20721667_4354084_n.jpg

 

 

The Knockoff Batflyer was closed. Shame, it looked amazing //3. It might be SBNO, as we returned a few days later and it was still dead. I'm sure I saw a PTR from a couple of months before we went and it was closed then too...

 

293446_10150368946622845_655017844_10223364_4878940_n.jpg

 

310306_10150368946702845_655017844_10223365_7984880_n.jpg

 

 

Oppsite the Batflyer was 'Jurassic Adventure' or something. For an enclosed coaster it was pretty huge and had some amazing theming, if a bit ghetto.

 

302957_10150368945827845_655017844_10223347_1012313_n.jpg

 

For some reason this park has two 'Jungle Mouse' coasters, one being larger and newer than the other. We did the newer one first, which wasn't too bad...

 

318900_10150792893605054_743580053_20721670_329952_n.jpg

 

307572_10150368948747845_655017844_10223398_4563779_n.jpg

 

305143_10150368948632845_655017844_10223396_2969677_n.jpg

 

300636_10150792893665054_743580053_20721671_2338028_n.jpg

 

The smaller one was GROSS though. I did get a video of it but can't find it...

 

311182_10150792893875054_743580053_20721677_635587_n.jpg

 

315745_10150368949052845_655017844_10223402_1976806_n.jpg

 

296744_10150368949152845_655017844_10223404_2098378_n.jpg

 

296494_10150368949372845_655017844_10223409_6147370_n.jpg

 

By this point the Knockoff SLC had opened. Goliath (Walibi) anyone?

 

302748_10150368951157845_655017844_10223443_2003722_n.jpg

 

I don't really know what to say about this coaster...

 

315635_10150792894235054_743580053_20721680_261844_n.jpg

 

313303_10150368950502845_655017844_10223434_1791093_n.jpg

 

300528_10150368950212845_655017844_10223426_7094837_n.jpg

 

The shape of that twist...

 

316371_10150792894115054_743580053_20721679_1005951_n.jpg

 

300248_10150792894485054_743580053_20721685_4800415_n.jpg

 

314694_10150368949762845_655017844_10223417_1025443_n.jpg

 

317489_10150368949812845_655017844_10223419_5478711_n.jpg

 

It nearly stalled on several elements...

 

316046_10150368950802845_655017844_10223437_2440473_n.jpg

 

This video shows how slow it is:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfiXwsypeHI

 

The last (open) credit was the shuttle loop, 'Coaster'...

 

316551_10150368953042845_655017844_10223465_4552624_n.jpg

 

319591_10150368952982845_655017844_10223464_2650735_n.jpg

 

307289_10150368953212845_655017844_10223467_1480009_n.jpg

 

There were loads of Knockoff flats, loads.

 

313704_10150792892440054_743580053_20721652_2082728_n.jpg

 

304667_10150368948172845_655017844_10223388_643274_n.jpg

 

306983_10150368945907845_655017844_10223348_1269858_n.jpg

 

311688_10150368946102845_655017844_10223352_2093782_n.jpg

 

320976_10150368951222845_655017844_10223445_4497046_n.jpg

 

The most interesting ride for me was 'Adventure of Jones' aka 'Ghetto Knockoff Stormforce'. It was FAB <3

 

297198_10150368946397845_655017844_10223359_2988410_n.jpg

 

It had the backwards drop and everything <3

 

314374_10150368946167845_655017844_10223353_3102322_n.jpg

 

Spite Gardaland...

 

312754_10150792892570054_743580053_20721655_5810462_n.jpg

 

Another view of the castle...

 

315791_10150792892785054_743580053_20721658_4872925_n.jpg

 

'Some cheesy show...

 

302387_10150792892870054_743580053_20721659_5338279_n.jpg

 

Ugh //3

 

297428_10150792893215054_743580053_20721664_4365281_n.jpg

 

Health and safety?

 

306407_10150792893765054_743580053_20721673_2670026_n.jpg

 

So RCT...

 

319300_10150792894610054_743580053_20721687_6534188_n.jpg

 

The last ride we did was a Soarin knockoff, which actually used some of the scenes from the real one, mixed with some other Chinese stuff. So ghetto, but better .

 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Next part: Happy Valley Beijing

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How is the knockoff SLC ride? From the video, it looks pretty rough (and the pacing is awful). I'm not surprised that more of those things don't stall very often (and if they do, we don't really hear about it much). The layout itself doesn't look that bad though.

 

How did the knockoff flats fare compared to the real flat ride models?

 

The park overall looks nicely themed in some places and not so well-themed in other places. Thanks for posting these.

Edited by netdvn
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Whoever built that park must know how to play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. I don't know of ANYWHERE ELSE where someone would come up with "hand sticking out of ground holding trident".

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That coaster video is just... wow.

 

Chinese parks are just so fascinating to me, so much wrong yet, awesome about them, especially the blatant copyright infringement

Also those bricks just being strewn across the walkways... also wow.

 

The Disney'esk castle and the IOA style Poseidens fury are a highlight of mine personally

Great TRs, I look forward to the next update!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Getting caught up here...

 

Yeah Forbidden City is like a bad trip. You go through the gates, and you see the same thing. So you trudge through keep walking, get to the next area, go through the doors, and yes, it's exactly the same again. I remember by the end we were wondering how many more doors we had to walk through to make it to the end!

 

Shenzhou Coaster (rip off SLC) is one of the worst coasters on the planet. Some of our group didn't even fit on it as it has weird awful restraints. Rich (SFNE2005) and I sat in the front seat and basically felt like we were getting into car accident after car accident as the rest of the train would come and hit us from behind after nearly stalling in all the inversions. It was terrifying and painful.

 

Not surprised about Bat Coaster not running. I know it's had a lot of issues and apparently we were pretty lucky to get on it in 2008. We saw one of the other cars that was designed for it sitting on a piece of storage track and that looked like it would have worked better but who knows. Just terrible Chinese contraptions.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Pretty much what Elissa said really. The restraints were HORRIBLE, and they pinned me to the point that I had trouble breathing for the whole ride (they were pushing right against my collar bones and I couldn't inhale fully it was so tight). It was SO rough too, but I think that was mainly due to the amount of shuffling which occurs as it struggles through the inversions.

 

The main problem with Chinese manufactured coasters is that they're designed for shorter people. If you're over about 5ft 10 you'll find a lot of them very uncomfortable (we're both over 6ft and there were a few coasters we only just got on). The shuttle loop coasters were particularly painful on my shoulders.

 

Regarding flat rides, to be honest, we didn't really do any on the whole trip (except the Giant Frisbees). I'm not the biggest fan of flats anyway, and simply wouldn't trust a lot of the rides in China. I'll go on the coasters, but even on quite a few of them I was genuinely scared. Flats though? Nah.

 

Besides, they were pretty generic, and most parks were pay per ride so that was another deterrent.

 

Thanks for the comments again! I'll try and get Happy Valley up tomorrow, then it's just the Great Wall and the report is finished!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Happy Valley Beijing

 

It was quite surreal going to this park because as a teenager I admired the theming, and to be honest, couldn't see myself going here for a while (if ever)...

 

The operations here were a lot better than the other two Happy Valleys, but they still did the irritating opening times. Crystal Wings and Extreme Rusher didn’t open till a bit later so we started at the back of the park. The Mine Train was up first…

 

303680_10150368933352845_655017844_10223186_3643358_n.jpg

 

293614_10150368939612845_655017844_10223275_6367819_n.jpg

 

We were a bit sick of these by this point, but it looked pretty.

 

We then got the SLC over and done with, which only took about half an hour thank GOD. Yeah, it was worse than the one in Shenzhen…

 

309667_10150368940877845_655017844_10223293_4745108_n.jpg

 

(still better than Kumali <3)

 

 

The other burdenous cred was the Golden Horse, which took a rather venomous, spiteful hour 3. This area to me was the only part of the park which felt run down…

 

316568_10150792890610054_743580053_20721612_8212713_n.jpg

 

303154_10150368941197845_655017844_10223297_1452019_n.jpg

 

... it did spite Bugs Life / Antz though <3

 

312401_10150368933682845_655017844_10223193_8008603_n.jpg

 

(and you can see them GORPING //3)

 

 

By this point Crystal Wings had opened and had a short queue…

 

 

… guess why?

 

 

TWO TRAINS

 

 

No word of a lie, this was the first and last park in China we saw coasters running two trains.

 

Crystal Wings is fab. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Superman (SFGadv) so wasn’t expecting much, but the setting of Crystal Wings made it for me. <3.

 

300703_10150368943377845_655017844_10223318_7688019_n.jpg

 

309340_10150368943647845_655017844_10223320_4143230_n.jpg

 

306251_10150792891165054_743580053_20721624_2092007_n.jpg

 

293403_10150368943532845_655017844_10223319_5018838_n.jpg

 

305925_10150792889910054_743580053_20721597_7343751_n.jpg

 

306697_10150792891310054_743580053_20721627_1032728_n.jpg

 

315918_10150792890015054_743580053_20721600_2387942_n.jpg

 

The Disko totes ruins this 3

 

303178_10150368941617845_655017844_10223301_1187191_n.jpg

 

305142_10150368941967845_655017844_10223304_5075857_n.jpg

 

317302_10150368934492845_655017844_10223209_2351303_n.jpg

 

316961_10150368935032845_655017844_10223219_6799975_n.jpg

 

The last coaster was the new S&S, Extreme Rusher. The queue was excessive, but they were running two trains (<3) so they can be forgiven. They were running it really well actually, but I guess new rides are always spiteful…

 

307826_10150368936282845_655017844_10223243_75318_n.jpg

 

It was about 2 hours...

 

318989_10150368936427845_655017844_10223245_4336369_n.jpg

 

Eventually it was our turn. I’ll post a little review after the photos…

 

307296_10150368937482845_655017844_10223259_3534583_n.jpg

 

313853_10150792889370054_743580053_20721586_7396087_n.jpg

 

300085_10150792891425054_743580053_20721628_2406981_n.jpg

 

316321_10150368935282845_655017844_10223225_948566_n.jpg

 

300688_10150368936977845_655017844_10223251_7924052_n.jpg

 

302635_10150368942402845_655017844_10223310_6905026_n.jpg

 

304384_10150792890845054_743580053_20721617_4842053_n.jpg

 

This hill was OBSCENE. It was like, a turn, with ejector airtime, banked the wrong way...

 

298808_10150792891915054_743580053_20721641_6702646_n.jpg

 

296923_10150792891735054_743580053_20721637_7423702_n.jpg

 

304312_10150368942617845_655017844_10223314_2394596_n.jpg

 

The trains <3

 

318498_10150368942452845_655017844_10223311_1711843_n.jpg

 

320241_10150368937237845_655017844_10223256_4060657_n.jpg

 

301711_10150368937317845_655017844_10223257_6283426_n.jpg

 

318147_10150368938217845_655017844_10223269_1096591_n.jpg

 

 

I thought it was really good. The launch was amazing, and the layout is so random and RCT-esque that it feels out of control. The only issue I had was that a couple of the transitions were REALLY brutal, especially when you enter the brakes. Hopefully it doesn’t become painful in a few years…

 

Another ride I remember thinking looked fab was the Frisbee, but for some reason they’ve removed the snakes from the supports… maintenance issues perhaps?

 

312224_10150368935102845_655017844_10223220_8221841_n.jpg

 

315785_10150792890360054_743580053_20721606_3823670_n.jpg

 

Never seen a stand up Rockin’ Tug before, AND it had a bump in the middle…

 

313940_10150368935747845_655017844_10223231_5563492_n.jpg

 

The Splashdown looked fab, but we couldn’t be bothered to queue over an hour for it...

 

296234_10150792889580054_743580053_20721594_1887709_n.jpg

 

OK, we didn’t ride anything else so I’m just going to post the rest as general park photos:

 

318560_10150792889700054_743580053_20721595_2521946_n.jpg

 

307896_10150792890145054_743580053_20721602_3546955_n.jpg

 

302616_10150792890525054_743580053_20721610_5232579_n.jpg

 

296524_10150368938362845_655017844_10223270_3598286_n.jpg

 

315074_10150368944577845_655017844_10223329_120865_n.jpg

 

306062_10150368944482845_655017844_10223328_8074838_n.jpg

313545_10150368944237845_655017844_10223325_953272_n.jpg

 

302759_10150368943877845_655017844_10223322_6904734_n.jpg

 

Absolutely gorgeous park, helped even more by having decent operations. Happy Valley Shanghai had slightly better coasters, but I’d rather spend a day here I think.

 

 

Thanks for reading! Next (and final) part: The Great Wall of China

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I love how you say you've been drooling on this park since you were a 'teenager'! What was that, like last week?

 

There were two schools of thought on this park when we went back in 2008. Some of us loved it and thought it was up to IOA Quality, but some of us (me included) thought there was something very fake and Chinese about the theming and it wasn't as impressive as it looks in pictures once you saw it up close.

 

Thanks for sharing. Can't believe we're going to have three of those S&S Extreme Rush things to ride next year!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree with Elissa that this park seemed cheaply built to me back in 2008. Your pictures do look like they have kept it up though. The new coaster looks nice, but did they theme it at all or did they just give up on that? Thanks for the trip report. I have really enjoyed reading it!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What scenes from Soarin got ripped off?

 

I can't remember exactly which ones mainly because it's been a few years since I did Soarin and I don't really like it anyway, but, most of them were there if I remember. There was certainly the bit with the Golden Gate Bridge, the orange groves, the skiers on the mountain, the river and some others I'm forgetting. There was then also some bits of China thrown in as well. It was... bizarre. What was also weird is the ride system was a bit different in that you climbed to the very top of this building to load, and then the ride itself lowered down, so the screen was beneath you when you started. Very odd. Directly below was the 3D cinema and the Soarin knock-off operated on a rotational basis with that, so I thought they were probably just the same screen. Which is kinda cool actually, quite clever if not very... Chinese.

 

The new coaster looks nice, but did they theme it at all or did they just give up on that?

 

It is pretty much a generic "racing" theme that you'd just find at an amusement park. It looks good, and fits in nicely, but, it's very generic and not really a "theme" like some of the other rides in the park have. The coaster itself is REALLY fun though, so I forgive it!

 

I really liked Happy Valley Beijing, and thought some of the areas were totally gorgeous, like near Crystal Wings. Up close some of it had been abused or was obviously quite cheap, thinking of the Crystal Wings queue for example, but, overall I thought it was a lot nicer than most other Chinese parks. I think the fact that the last park with "themeing" we'd been to being World Joyland helped, which Elissa, I've gotta say, you're going to have a field day at. It's just wrong and horrible on so many levels. And to say it rips off Islands of Adventure is an understatement. It's... yeah. It's one to really, really look forward to in a "it'll be a day you WON'T forget" way!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Great Wall of China

 

There are various sections of the wall you can visit. The closest one to Beijing is Badaling, but it's also the most touristy (and a lot of it has been rebuilt) so we spited it and went to Jinshanling.

 

It was a bit of a pain to get to because you have to get a bus to a town 'nearby', then hire a driver to take you the rest of the way, then take you back. It was a bit overwhelming when we got off the bus and were getting harassed by all the drivers. It was pretty vile 3.

 

However, when we got to the wall it was worth the spite.

 

315815_10150368977017845_655017844_10223905_498330_n.jpg

 

299625_10150368977277845_655017844_10223912_5674896_n.jpg

 

296045_10150368978667845_655017844_10223951_4308738_n.jpg

 

312609_10150792899825054_743580053_20721764_7731889_n.jpg

 

316565_10150368979957845_655017844_10223978_2462975_n.jpg

 

319140_10150368980327845_655017844_10223989_4713117_n.jpg

 

The condition of the wall changes every time you turn a corner...

 

321535_10150368980482845_655017844_10223993_7848204_n.jpg

 

321270_10150368981082845_655017844_10223996_4516119_n.jpg

 

301600_10150368981297845_655017844_10223998_5384788_n.jpg

 

294780_10150368981447845_655017844_10224003_6763450_n.jpg

 

315840_10150368982087845_655017844_10224022_2007247_n.jpg

 

Some of it was really steep, worse than Brighton & Hove /3

 

319305_10150368983932845_655017844_10224071_7426159_n.jpg

 

Shoot <3

 

300925_10150368983472845_655017844_10224060_5331223_n.jpg

 

314129_10150792900665054_743580053_20721778_801488_n.jpg

 

316710_10150368984702845_655017844_10224096_1348037_n.jpg

 

291833_10150792900990054_743580053_20721783_1108693_n.jpg

 

297715_10150368985512845_655017844_10224119_7141501_n.jpg

 

320290_10150368981857845_655017844_10224014_5350105_n.jpg

 

310111_10150792900195054_743580053_20721772_4953663_n.jpg

 

297105_10150792900540054_743580053_20721777_6114397_n.jpg

 

297167_10150792900095054_743580053_20721769_7283584_n.jpg

 

296529_10150792902155054_743580053_20721804_7871686_n.jpg

 

312766_10150792901825054_743580053_20721798_6467136_n.jpg

 

The next day we had a HORRID journey home...

 

Beijing - Shanghai (2 hours)

2 hour layover

Shanghai - Hong Kong (2 hours)

12 hour layover

Hong Kong - Doha, Qatar (8 hours)

3 hour layover

Doha, Qatar - London (7 hours)

 

///3.

 

 

All in all, I can't make my mind up about China. It's an amazing place, but for all the wrong reasons. I don't like seeing one side of a road full of luxury apartments, with people on the other side sitting in the gutter with rags on who have absolutely nothing. But, I guess it's only recently discovered how fab capitalism is... it'll level out eventually.

 

Oh, and I don't miss the food. Ugh. Or people spitting on the floor //3.

 

That's it.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 6 months later...

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/