Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby larrygator » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:06 am

I finally found a picture of our lunch at Jin Jiang. Amazing thing was this was the only meal on the whole trip that looked exactly like it did in the picture.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:35 am

Chapter 12: Still More Shanghai Credit Whoring--or How to Fix a Golden Horse Spinning Coaster with a Big Stick
This was another marathon day for hitting coasters in Shanghai's city parks. As you've probably gathered by now, nearly every city park in China seems to have some sort of amusement park with either a Spinning Coaster, a Jungle Mouse, or a Sliding Dragon, or perhaps all three.

This day really is a bit of a blur for me--we just hit so many parks! But it does stand out for one amusing moment: "The Curious Incident of the Coaster with a Wedgie." Yes, our last park of the day, Century Park, was home to a Golden Horse spinner dubbed "Rotating Pulley." One of the cars on this ride didn't always reset itself properly after completing a circuit, which caused it to get wedged in place just before making the turn into the station. In a amazing show of Chinese technical prowess, two park workers freed the car by 1) poking at it with a very large stick from below and 2) pulling on it from above.

It was easy to tell that this was a common occurrence on the Rotating Pulley--the stick was already in position when the car became stuck. I imagine the two guys running the coaster took turns in this procedure, too: "OK, I'm the stick man today. You get up on the track!"

Never in America (or most other countries).

Well, there were two other memorable high spots to this day: a hallucinogenic trip under the river via the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel and dinner at Elissa's favorite dumpling place. (And damn good dumplings they were, too--thanks, Elissa!)

Off we go.
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You know, I'd really like to buy a kite. Anyone around here sell kites?
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Welcome to Gongqing Forest Park--looked like a nice place.
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Well, I don't know if I'd go as far as "luxurious," but it was a pleasant park.
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This ride, the Inertia Roller Coaster, had strange effects on people.
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Some were simply overwhelmed by the experience.
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Bill was transformed into a many-armed god!
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As for Brian and Robb, well, . . .
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. . . they're just having way too much fun.
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I think you can guess the effects that the Loop and Spiral Coaster had on people.
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We've all experienced that moment where one realizes, all too late, that a fatal mistake has been made: Robert E. Lee when he ordered Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, us when this train left the station.
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I hate it when a lawn pretends to be something it's not! Stupid, specious lawn!
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Oh, China, you're just asking for it now! Remember what happened to Golden Horse at IAAPA!
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Now you may think this is a powered Sliding Dragon.
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But the Golden Dragon Roller Coaster is, in fact, Big Worm Inertia Train in disguise! One might say that it is a "Specious Sliding Dragon."
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This is Peace Park at Heping Park. Or was that Heping Park at Peace Park? Or maybe it was neither. Hmm . . .
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Whatever its name, the park did have the Outer Space Flying Car! Eat your heart out, Space Mountain!
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Yes! A dark ride!
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Larry can scarcely contain his excitement!
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My god! It's a Chinese lamp! And it's red--like blood!
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The whole ride was worth it just for this. More to come.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:01 am

Do you think you can handle more Shanghai madness? Are you prepared for what may be the trippiest attraction since Nights in White Satin: The Ride? If not, look away now!

You have been warned.
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Welcome to Luxun Park.
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One of my biggest fans was there. (Ha! I am on fire! Or maybe I should just be set on fire for that one. Sorry.)
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I think the guy who was doing the gymnastics on the bar here has strong kung fu. Or maybe he's about to fall on his head.
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There was some sort of "festival of lights" going on at the park. Of course, it's a bit hard to appreciate in broad daylight.
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"Rub mah belly, yankee dog!"
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Lucha libre! (Actually, they're masks from Chinese opera, which probably doesn't involve body slamming people or ramming them into turnbuckles.)
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This is part of a very long sculpture of a dragon made entirely out of dinner plates. How long to you think such a sculpture would last in the U.S.?
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Behold the splendor of the Gliding Dragon--which is not made out of dinner plates.
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We went to yet another Peoples Park. I think.
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Another park, another Gliding Dragon.
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There was an enormous mall across the street--and it had a Carl's Jr.! Western Bacon Cheeseburger! Hot damn!
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And now, our last park of the day.
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Hmm--I guess an inactive bike could be said to be "fallow." Or perhaps, in China, bikes grow like weeds in fallow fields?
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I don't see any bikes sprouting out here. Nice flowers, though.
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And now, "The Curious Incident of the Coaster with a Wedgie." Cheryl and Divv were spared the horror of this occurrence. But others were not so lucky.
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"Aw, crap! It's happened again. Best get to pokin', pushin', and pullin'!"
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I'm pretty sure that this procedure is in the Golden Horse operator's manual for this attraction.
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Good luck, folks--looks like you're gonna need it.
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Divv is evidently shocked by something at this tea house. I have no idea what it could be.
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No thanks--maybe some other time.
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And now, the Chinese version of Nights in White Satin: The Ride. This conveyance goes through a tunnel at the bottom of the river.
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Marijuana smoke and vaporized LSD are pumped into this capsule while you ride.
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"Nights in white satin/Never reaching the end."
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"Letters I've written . . . never meaning to send . . ."
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"Beauty I've always missed . . ." Oh, wow . . .
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Aghh! Bad trip! Must have dumplings! That's all for now.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby gisco » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:44 pm

Nice report so far Chuck. With the number of parks you have visited on the trip I can imagine it becoming a blur. Unless there is something to make a ride or park stand out everything starts to blend.

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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:20 pm

The credit-whoring days are a lot of fun, but all those Jungle Mouse and Sliding Dragon coasters tend to run together once the trip is over. Again, my thanks to Larry for his list of Chinese parks and coasters.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby larrygator » Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:15 pm

gisco wrote:With the number of parks you have visited on the trip I can imagine it becoming a blur. Unless there is something to make a ride or park stand out everything starts to blend.


Bob - that was certaining the case as all the public parks had similar ride selections. There were quirks at many public parks that made some stand out but without my notes I can't tell you which parks had the following curiosities: homemade games of chances, the sleeping ticket seller, the spinning coaster that got stuck, the powered coaster where we had to line up in size order.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby jray21 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:52 pm

The number of rides and places you visited were insane! Great update! Love seeing all the strange stuff you can't find in the US.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:13 pm

Chapter 13: "Innovative" and "Delightful"--Happy Valley Shanghai with a Side of Giant Wheel Park

Apparently, Happy Valley Shanghai is both "innovative" and "delightful." It must be--they painted it on a wall!

Well, if you define "innovative" as the ability to clone rides from other parks, I guess you could use that word to describe the park. (And, hey, I was simply delighted that our guide, Tom, could find the place.) Yes, this park features Chinese versions of a Disney ride and a Universal ride: Soarin' Over California and Spider-man. Only you're soarin' over China and riding around inside a super storm, both while watching somewhat blurry computer graphics.

But although these rides were a bit "interesting," they were hardly the best that Happy Valley Shanghai had to offer. In fact, this park has a pretty damn solid selection of coasters. Wooden Coaster Fireball had received rave reviews when it opened in 2009 as an insane, airtime-filled ride--but had it aged well? Fortunately, the ride had undergone some extensive re-tracking (new wood all over the place), and it was running very well. Was it as good as a few years ago? I'll leave that to others, but I liked it a lot.

The park had an excellent Mega-Lite (Or is it redundant to use "excellent" in the same sentence as "Mega-Lite"?); a B&M dive machine, with the catchy name of Diving Coaster; a Zamperla Spinning Coaster (surprising, I know); and Lele's Chariot (a kiddie coaster). But, in a bit of a twist, the park had an Intamin Mine Train. (I guess they must've outbid Golden Horse and Vekoma for a change.)

Top it off with the North Pole Adventure shooting dark ride, Desperadoes, and some solid theming (particularly "Goldmine Town,") and you have a pretty nice park--I enjoyed it.

We hit another park that evening. More on that later. For now, let's have a look at Happy Valley Shanghai. (It was another gray day, so my pictures aren't exactly top quality. Sorry about that.)
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Welcome to Happy Valley Shanghai, a park that is both . . .
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You see? I told you!
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Look! It's Mario's brother, Luigi, and he's holding a horn! So innovative!
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Or how about a Transformer that looks like he's just waking up after downing boilermakers at Applebee's all night? Isn't that delightful?
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Must've Been Chinese Flag Day, or something.
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Wooden Coaster Fireball! (You know, this park could use some help with names.)
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Fireball is located in a section called "Happy Hour." Does this guy look happy to you? My guess is that his orthopedist and chiropractor will be very happy to see him.
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This looks one of Lewis Carroll's rejected concepts for "Alice in Wonderland." Old Lewis probably awoke from an opium-induced haze and wondered, "What the hell was I thinking?"
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Yes, it's another filming session.
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Action!
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Like I said earlier, I really liked this ride.
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This shot is pretty blurry, but Cheryl's "hairtime" should give you a pretty good idea of why I liked it.
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Everyone looks delighted--and relieved!
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See all that new wood? Nice work, Happy Valley!
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Nice shirts, too.
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Next stop, Diving Coaster! They actually drove us from ride to ride for filming. The park's staff was very nice.
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Hmm--I don't recall ever encountering a "pre-gnant" woman. I wonder if I've been around "post-gnant" women?
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Robb and Hanno at work.
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I had no idea that Robb and Mike were so "close."
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Diving Coaster is Sheikra without the theming.
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And that's OK--I really like B&M Dive Machines.
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I especially like them when they're floorless.
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Just in case you forgot where we were.
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Next stop, Mega-Lite--another ride with a catchy name.
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But a Mega-Lite by any other name . . .
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. . . would still be an amazing . . .
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. . . airtime-filled machine!
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Yeah, you could name this ride "Frank" or "Little Big Steel Coaster" or "Melvin," and it would still be great. (You know, let's go with "Melvin"--what the hell.) More to come from Happy Valley Shanghai!
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby cfc » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:52 pm

Still more innovation and delight from Happy Valley Shanghai!
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Welcome to "Goldmine Town." Again, this park should hire a naming consultant. Why not "Gold Gulch" or "Desperado Canyon"?
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Still, I guess "Goldmine Town" is better than "Mine Train Coaster."
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Hmm--I think I see a flaw in their approach to mining here. Might want to rethink that.
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The world needs more Intamin Mine Trains, and TPR was happy to provide footage of this one.
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It has a rather impressive mountain, too.
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My god! It appears that we must brave the terrifying "Ant Kingdom"!
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What horrors will we encounter here?
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Look! A reject flying dragon from the Main Street Electrical Parade! I thought it was "glowing away forever"!
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Our worst nightmare is realized!
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Yes, the true spirit of Yuletide is stripped, revealing its essence.
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And that essence is the terrific greed of children!
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I guess elves think that vertical-striped pants are "slimming." What do you think?
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Disney has the "backside of water." Happy Valley has the "backside of Christmas."
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Oversized pick = theming. (Sorry--that's all I got here.)
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Desperadoes! Yes! Larry is a very happy man now!
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"You strangers best take care. I hear that Divv Walsh feller is in town!"
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"They say he's the fastest gun in Glasgow!"
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Sheesh! We're always bumping into Piers at Happy Valley parks.
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Uh oh! I see the potential for shenanigans here!
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Potential realized.
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Yay! The Flying Island works!
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I rode this for spite, which apparently was a violation of park rules.
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This was some sort of theatre--we missed the show.
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I'd rather get up close and personal with Fireball, anyway.
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This should give you an idea of just how crazy this coaster is.
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We had great luck with woodies during this trip.
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Here's a "Fire Academy" knockoff. I think the crashed plane is a nice touch.
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Yep--Mine Train Coaster is pretty durn twisty. One more set of photos to come.
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Re: Photo TR: 22 Days in China with TPR

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:04 pm

Too bad they didn't have any burning bodies hanging out of the plane...

To put out, of course. :p *I - am - kidding*
But it wouldn't surprise me if they did that, at the park.

Great continuing TR as always Chuck. And it's fantastic getting those other smaller parks
in order. They are a blur to me at this time, and I don't think my brain is going to
sort them out, even with time, heh heh.
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