Photo TR: Chenzhou and Shaoguan Parks (Jan. 31, 2014)

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Photo TR: Chenzhou and Shaoguan Parks (Jan. 31, 2014)

Postby The Angry Darren Mullins » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:24 am

On January 31, 2014, I went to southern Hunan province to visit two parks in Chenzhou and had plans to visit a third park in nearby Shaoguan. I managed to visit all three parks and find three coasters to add to the RCDB.

Nanta Park: Nanta Park is in Chenzhou and is a large park. There are two coasters here. Roller Coaster has one loop and is like other coasters I have ridden and is a bit rough. The second coaster is a mouse coaster that has a unique layout from what I am used to. It is a fun little ride. There are many other rides here at Nanta Park.

Beihu Park: Beihu Park is also in Chenzhou and is five minutes away from Nanta Park. This park used to have a lot of rides. Most have been removed. There is a Ferris Wheel that is rusted and is SBNO, bumper cars(still open) and a mouse coaster(still open). I rode the mouse coaster. It felt like it was falling apart. I am guessing the coaster, bumper cars and the Ferris Wheel will all be removed in the next year or so. The bumper cars and coaster attracted a crowd, but it was a holiday in China(Chinese New Year). I am not sure how many people ride these rides at other times. My guess is if the rides were always busy, most of the rides would not have been removed.

Zhongshan Park: Zhongshan Park is in Shaoguan. I stopped in Shaoguan to visit this park on the way home. There is a family coaster here that is pretty good for such a small ride. There are also many family rides in this park too. I rode the coaster(two circuits), took some photos very quickly around the park and then left to catch my train back home.

It was my first coaster outing of 2014. I added four credits to my track record and I am now at 860 coasters. I have visited 383 parks and with the three coasters I found today(only Nanta's Roller Coaster was on RCDB), I have now found 231 roller coasters before ACE or RCDB could find them.
Nanta Park Sign.jpg
I am in Chenzhou to visit Nanta Park.
Nanta Flume and Merry Go Round.jpg
A flume and a carousel are both here.
Nanta Swing Ride 2.jpg
This ride reminds me of a Wisdom Tornado, but the seats are in carriages and they do not spin.
Nanta Music Express.jpg
The Music Express ride is themes as a dragon.
Nanta Ferris Wheel.jpg
The Ferris Wheel overlooks the park.
Nanta Park Gazebo.jpg
This nice little gazebo exists in Nanta Park.
Nanta Transformers.jpg
The teacups ride has a Transformers theme.
Nanta Roller Coaster 1.jpg
A looping coaster called Roller Coaster is here.
Nanta Roller Coaster 2.jpg
Here is a closer view of Roller Coaster.
Nanta Roller Coaster Car.jpg
The cars on Roller Coaster only seat 2 people.
Nanta Mouse Coaster 1.jpg
Nanta Park's mouse coaster was different from other mouse coasters I have ridden.
Nanta Mouse Coaster 2.jpg
You can tell this mouse has a different layout.
Nanta Mouse 3.jpg
The cars look about the same as on other such coasters in China.
Nanta Mouse 4.jpg
Here is the section of track right as the mouse leaves the lift.
Beihu Park Sign.jpg
Beihu Park is close to Nanta Park-just a five minute bus ride away.
Beihu Ferris Wheel.jpg
This rusted, SBNO Ferris Wheel greeted me inside of Beihu Park.
Beihu Lake.jpg
Beihu means north lake. This is the lake that gives the park its name.
Beihu Coaster 1.jpg
A rusty, but still operating mouse coaster is at Beihu Park.
Beihu Coaster 2.jpg
This is a standard mouse design here in China. I have been on so many of them
Beihu Coaster 3.jpg
Here is an on ride shot.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Entrance.jpg
This is my third and final park for the day. Zhongshan Park in Shaoguan.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Sun Yatsen.jpg
This is Dr. Sun Yatsen. He is the one that Zhongshan Park is named after.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) House.jpg
This little house may have been a walk through, but it is no longer open.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Carousel.jpg
This merry go round is in Zhongshan Park.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Coaster Entrance.jpg
A small Fruit Worm coaster is here.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Coaster 1.jpg
Here is one view of the coaster.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Coaster 2.jpg
Up the lift....
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Coaster 3.jpg
Action as on the fruit worm can deliver.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Coaster 4.jpg
Here is part of the layout of the coaster.
Zhongshan (Shaoguan) Coaster 5.jpg
Here is an on ride shot to finish out the TR.

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Re: Photo TR: Chenzhou and Shaoguan Parks (Jan. 31, 2014)

Postby piedude81 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:19 pm

Wow... Every single time I see one these reports of the less glamorous Asian parks I'm astounded. It's just so different from the world of coasters I know. Then again, the entire world is so much different than the world I know.
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Postby djboss302 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:51 pm

Wow. That looping coaster does not look pleasant. Thanks for the report!
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Re: Photo TR: Chenzhou and Shaoguan Parks (Jan. 31, 2014)

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:10 pm

Yes I remember a few of those mad mouse layouts on the TPR China Tour back in 2012.
But they weren't too bad. Certainly different than the standard layouts I've ridden before.

That little 'house' you spotted. And it was closed. It "could be" the outer shell of a carnival
sized Haunted Swing, as I have seen ones and been on them (this size) in parks in Japan.
One was in Hanayashiki Park, the other was in Nagoya Zoo. Very small "houses" but Haunted
Swings nonetheless. And I found a third small one in Hokkaido Greenland, too. :smile:
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Here's what you found.
Hanayashiki-MadHouse-2013a.jpg
Here's Hanayshiki's attraction.
HokkaidoGreenland-MadHouse2013.jpg
I originally thought this was an Ice House, or something like it. Wrong! Haunted Swing!
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Re: Photo TR: Chenzhou and Shaoguan Parks (Jan. 31, 2014)

Postby The Angry Darren Mullins » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:30 pm

I was thinking of Japanese parks when I saw the little house at Zhongshan park. When parks started to be built in China, they built a lot of stuff that was made in Japan. Now the Chinese are building their own stuff. The looping coaster at Nanta park is not pleasant at all once it hits the loop. Yes. Chinese parks are very different parks parks in America. As are Korean parks and and Japanese parks. One thing I do with parks over here would have would be the scrambler. The parks here have built knock off trabants and knock off tilt-a-whirls, but they have not gotten around to building a knockoff scrambler. With that being said, parks here do have the Tagoda Disco rides, which due to their nature, could never operate in Sue Happy America.


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