Alexander: We’re now in South China! A 3hr flight from the Shanghai area has landed us in the greater Guangzhou metro – the 9th largest metro in the world! in the heart of the region is one of the country’s largest parks, Chimelong Paradise!
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Walking into Chimelong Paradise, we were told up front that Sean would be too tall to ride any roller coasters. This really brought us down, but luckily it ended up not being the case – Sean got every credit it the park but one (more on that later).
Chimelong Paradise is the flagship park of the Chimelong company, which includes two amusement parks (the other being Chimelong Ocean Kingdom), a water park (the world’s highest-attended waterpark; located adjacent to Chimelong Paradise) and a safari park (also next to Paradise). Despite such a short list of properties, Chimelong’s overall attendance is 6th in the world, beating out both Six Flags and Cedar Fair.
Unfortunately, due to some odd leg restraint modifications, Sean was too tall to ride. For what it’s worth, the original at Toverland is in much better condition – Booster Bike has a nice setting, but the ride runs like its rolling over gravel.
Unlike the 2nd generation of Half Pipes (which include the installations at Disney and Nickelodeon Universe parks), the original Half Pipes have standard Intamin looping coaster harnesses and a flat trackbed.
Another oddball at Chimelong Paradise is this Mack Young Star coaster – the layout is a standard production model Young Star, but with the first drop shortened significantly and connected to the first turn by an elevated straightaway.
Though there are 7 Intamin 10 Inversion coasters in operation, Chimelong’s is the only exact clone of the original installation, Colossus at Thorpe Park. The updated version of this model includes lapbar-only trains and a diving first drop.
New this year is a cool space-epic dark attraction using technology similar to Skull Island – Reign of Kong and Fast and Furious: Supercharged, but with a stationary vehicle and higher-quality projection system.
China’s got so much more to offer! Check out these recent China reports and podcasts: