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.
I am in Chenzhou to visit Nanta Park.
A flume and a carousel are both here.
This ride reminds me of a Wisdom Tornado, but the seats are in carriages and they do not spin.
The Music Express ride is themes as a dragon.
The Ferris Wheel overlooks the park.
This nice little gazebo exists in Nanta Park.
The teacups ride has a Transformers theme.
A looping coaster called Roller Coaster is here.
Here is a closer view of Roller Coaster.
The cars on Roller Coaster only seat 2 people.
Nanta Park's mouse coaster was different from other mouse coasters I have ridden.
You can tell this mouse has a different layout.
The cars look about the same as on other such coasters in China.
Here is the section of track right as the mouse leaves the lift.
Beihu Park is close to Nanta Park-just a five minute bus ride away.
This rusted, SBNO Ferris Wheel greeted me inside of Beihu Park.
Beihu means north lake. This is the lake that gives the park its name.
A rusty, but still operating mouse coaster is at Beihu Park.
This is a standard mouse design here in China. I have been on so many of them
Here is an on ride shot.
This is my third and final park for the day. Zhongshan Park in Shaoguan.
This is Dr. Sun Yatsen. He is the one that Zhongshan Park is named after.
This little house may have been a walk through, but it is no longer open.
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.
Wow. That looping coaster does not look pleasant. Thanks for the report!
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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.
Here's what you found.
Here's Hanayshiki's attraction.
I originally thought this was an Ice House, or something like it. Wrong! Haunted Swing!
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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