Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby larrygator » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:19 am

^And the only reason I was insistent on 20 Yuan was because I thought I overheard you say you only paid 20 Yuan for one the previous day. Yep, my hearing isn't very good. :lol:
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Postby disneymoc » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:50 am

cfc wrote:I think this was called the Pearl Tower. I'm not sure because everyone referred to it as the "Anal Bead Tower." This was a bit disturbing, as it resembles my parents' old Chirstmas tree topper.


Your parents' old Christmas tree topper was an anal bead tower?

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby gisco » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:57 am

When we were there, I think we got like 4 laser pointers for around $12 total. Which was the starting price for one! But the joke was on me because mine was short a battery and I had to pay about $3 to get one off some vendor that night.

The glass floor in the tower freaked me out. I got dizzy when I looked down.

I found the mag-lev train to be rougher than any of the bullet trains in Japan and was not impressed.

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby SharkTums » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:54 am

Yeah it was a total bait and switch on the laser pointers. They showed these awesome ones that could take down planes and then the one you got was like a flashlight. As for the McDonalds Delivery, there are several countries and places that offer it now. I'm in trouble if they ever start it here!!

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby ernierocker » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:53 pm

Looks like you guys had a fun culture day. Shanghai is definitely one of my favorite looking downtown areas!
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:02 pm

disneymoc wrote:
cfc wrote:I think this was called the Pearl Tower. I'm not sure because everyone referred to it as the "Anal Bead Tower." This was a bit disturbing, as it resembles my parents' old Chirstmas tree topper.


Your parents' old Christmas tree topper was an anal bead tower?


It looked very much like this.

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:37 pm

Chapter 11: Whose Brilliant Idea Was This?--A Looping Toboggan and Other Shanghai Credit Whoring
Another day of culture was behind us, so it was time to get back to what we came to China for--visiting parks and riding coasters. There certainly was an interesting variety of stuff on this day. Oh, there were the usual Chinese knock-off Wacky Worms and Dragon coasters--but where else are you going to find a Looping Toboggan?

Nowhere else except China, I'll wager.

Yes, one day a ride manufacturer named Credible has an idea. An awful idea. Credible had a wonderful, awful idea: "Hey--why don't we add a loop to a Toboggan coaster? Every park will want one! This will put us on the map! B&M, Intamin, Mack better watch out! Credible is coming for you, baby!"

At least, I think the company who built this beast (aka Outer Space Flying Car at Fisherman W[h]arf) is named "Credible," as that's the name on the cars. I may be mistaken.

Be that as it may, this revolutionary ride concept didn't exactly set the world on fire. In fact, I never rode it, because the restraints couldn't accommodate me (and a number of other people). But based on what I saw, and heard from those who did ride it, this is probably all for the best. In addition, this is the only ride I know in which you're offered optional protective headgear (like a boxer would wear while sparring).

There was a ride on this trip that required women to ear hairnets--we'll get to that one later.

For now, let's visit the first stop of this five-park, credit-whoring marathon: Fisherman Warf. (Yes, it's spelled that way on rcdb.com.) If you've ever wanted to save a few yuan by buying an already opened and partially drunk Pepsi, this park can set you up. Just ask Robb.

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Welcome to Fisherman Warf. Or should that be "Worf," like on Star Trek?
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I wonder if we should pray at this temple or shrine or whatever it is before we enter the park?
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Yep. Klassy.
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"Welcome to the Crypt, kiddies! Here's a tale of twisted steel and not much sex appeal I call . . .
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. . . Loop de Doom!"
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It looks like some steel foundry had a some random spare parts from a railroad-tunnel job and decided to make a coaster out of them.
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So, so wrong.
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Here's a look at the optional headgear. I got a pretty clear picture because the ride often stops there for a moment or two (I guess to allow another car to make it to the station).
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You see? "Credible."
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"This is not the death I had pictured for myself!"
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"What the hell was that?"
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"Ow! I should've worn the damn headgear!"
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I'm sure this part of the park will look beautiful when they finish it.
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Welcome to the Island of Misfit Rides! Will you please tell Santa about the poor rides here? Surely he can find good homes for them all.
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This was a bit more conventional.
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This giant crab crowns the ticket booth for . . .
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. . . Pine Forest Flying Mouse?
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Disney's lawyers are, no doubt, on their way to China as I post this.
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Er, that doesn't look quite right.
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This was somehow missed during the ride's no doubt vigorous morning inspection.
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Well, it really wasn't any worse than the other Jungle Mouse coasters, which was a bit surprising.
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Blue Gumby bids you good day. More to come.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby SharkTums » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:10 pm

Apparently we were very 'lucky' to get that credit as surprise surprise looping toboggans don't run very much!!!! :wtf: I know you're all really surprised.

Learning a few words in Chinese such as "No, thank you, ok" was worth it just to turn down the helmet complete with Chinese Lice!

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 11, 2012 4:13 pm

^"Luck" is relative. ;)

Our next stop was a park I rather liked: Jin Jiang. This park marked a first for me--riding an honest-to-god Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang. And, like the Skyloop, I was dreading this one a bit. Again, I was pleasantly surprised--the ride was smooth and a lot of fun. But there was one little kink. When we hit the second spike, our train was slowly lowered down to the evac platform. We sat there for a moment or two, then went up the spike and finished the course. All's well that ends well. (It ran normally the rest of the day, from what I could tell.)

There was a Shijingshan-like shuttle loop, as well, but this one was OK--that is, it didn't "drop" out of the loop. The park also had the obligatory Golden Horse Spinning Mouse, an indoor powered coaster themed to dinosaurs, and a Zamperla Motocoaster (it was fun).

Here's a look at Jin Jiang Park.
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Again with the Blue Gumby guy. He was the mascot of Expo 2010, which was held in Shanghai.
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Welcome to Jin Jiang.
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"Who can stand before the combined might of the Two Towers of Isengard and Mordor?"
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It amuses me that I had to travel to China to finally ride a Giant Inverted Boomerang. I've missed them in the U.S.
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Not a bad ride at all. Just wish they were a bit more dependable.
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Let's hope that we don't break this one.
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"Aw, you coaster enthusiasts all look so tasty! I'm sick to death of eating Chinese!"
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Aren't you in awe of the immersive theming of the station and train?
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Yes, I felt I was back at Animal Kingdom riding the GREATEST ATTRACTION OF ALL TIME.
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Golden Horse. Ka-ching. That's all there is to say.
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Oh. lordy lord.
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Jeebus, we could use a little help here.
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Shades of Mitsui Greenland.
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And, like the old shuttle at Mitsui, it didn't fall out of the loop. Whew!
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You know, I think this was a first for me, too. I've ridden Vekoma Boosterbikes and even an Intamin motorcycle coaster, but not a Zamperla Motocoaster before.
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Yay! A dark ride! Granted, it wasn't a good one, but, hey--dark ride!
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Time to party with buck-nekkid Satan!
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This is as scary as it gets.
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"There was no buck-nekkid Satan in there! I call shenanigans!"
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Larry and I grabbed lunch at this restaurant. Let's have a look at the menu.
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No, I had that for breakfast.
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I want my lunch to at least know what it is--no confusion, please.
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OK--as long as the chicken feet are lightly sauteed. More of this amazing credit-whoring day to come!
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:09 pm

Jin Jiang is a nice little park--good times. But it's time to credit whore three other places: Chang Feng, Zhongshan, and Shanghai Zoological Park! Head 'em up and move 'em out! Ho!
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The entire Blue Gumby family welcomed us to . . .
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. . . Chang Feng--a park with lots of rules (some of which make sense).
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It's a very nice park . . .
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. . . with lots of culture. But who cares about that? It also has a . . .
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. . . bona fide credit--a non-powered Sliding Dragon!
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Yay for Dragons with tire-lift hills!
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Aye, 'tis a grand and glorious discovery, indeed!
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I think this is Zhongshan. But even if it's not, at least we're in the right place if there's a zombie apocalypse.
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These men are practicing their zombie kung fu skills.
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Hello! What's this?
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Could this be the Big Worm Inertia Train the ancients once spoke of in hushed tones?
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Yes! The prophecy is fulfilled! The Worm will show us the way! (To what, I have no idea.)
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This was the biggest challenge of the day. The zoo was closing in less than 20 minutes, and Tom, our guide, went in ahead to find the coaster--but he went the wrong way!
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Surely a "4-A" tourist attraction has a coaster.
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Robb ran in himself, went the right way, and found the coaster. Oh, frabjous day! First the Prophecy of the Worm fulfilled, and now this!
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Well done, Robb. You've earned this ride! (Tom showed up when were were nearly done riding. He seemed astounded that we'd found it.)
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Not even angry Chinese horses could keep us away from the Sliding Dragon.
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We finished up in this rather "Tokyo like" shopping-and-dining district, which wasn't far from the hotel. That's all for now.
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