The country’s premier amusement park developer, Chimelong, is not only focused on building Zhuhai’s Hengqin into a global tourism hub. It has continued to grow its business in its original base of Guangzhou’s Panyu district, where it recently secured two new land parcels for RMB3.587 billion. The expansion will include a new amusement park and a 10,000-room hotel.
The two sites, which cover 500,000 sqm, will be used for the construction of a new amusement park and a 10,000-room hotel complex.
The group has already declared it will spend RMB20 billion in the expansion phase. New amusement parks under planning are focused on indoor activities: animation and circuses. Meanwhile, its three existing parks in Panyu, Safari Park, Water Park and Chimelong Paradise, will get a makeover.
If you haven’t yet taken your kids, or your younger self, to Chimelong, dear reader, you really should. It’s a world-class operation. The Guangzhou complex has an incredible circus show at night, and there is enough for the kids to do there for a long weekend. Our favorite is the White Tiger conservation project. You get to eat breakfast in a room with glass walls, whike the tigers prowl outside, eyeing their desired breakfast, i.e., you.
In Hengqin, meanwhile, Chimelong is preparing to open its second phase of the Ocean Kingdom at the end of this year, once the new hi-speed railway extension from downtown Zhuhai is open. It will include a Marine Science Museum and an Island Theatre. The group has spent RMB10 billion there so far, and plans to spend RMB50 billion on five phases altogether.
Sounds like China’s Orlando in the making.
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