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Fuzhou PTR

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by gavin, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    This is from a few weeks ago now. It wasn’t really a park trip since there’s not much in the area – it wasn’t much of anything really - but I decided to take a quick weekend trip to Fuzhou, which isn’t too far away from Hong Kong. It was the usual story of a taxi to the hotel after landing, then getting stuff done the next day. There’s only one park close by – I had a bit of a look around for any “surprise” creds, but nothing popped out. That’s not to say there aren’t any somewhere, I just didn’t see any. Anyway, taxi to the park the first morning.

    Happy World

    The entrance looked very promising.

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    Every path was just covered in cheap Halloween tat.

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    I checked out I thought was a walkthrough, but was literally just a room with some s**te in it.

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    The park had very distinct, themed areas, and was actually pretty impressive. The “Space” area had a flying theatre, but I ended up missing it since it was run to a schedule and didn’t care enough about it to make sure I was near it.

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    Cred! Ugh.

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    The space area led into a dinosaur area which was pretty fab. The bloody corpses hanging around for Halloween were a nice touch. The huge castle had some kind of horror walkthrough, but it was an upcharge. They’re usually s**t in China, and all very similar, so I didn’t bother. Kind of wish I had though.

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    The second cred – the only substantial one here – had a “closed for maintenance” sign out front. These usually mean “f**ked”, so I wasn’t happy.

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    I didn’t do the water ride, but it was nice to look at.

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    Oh joy of joys. The Western area, also covered with any old Halloween s**t they could get their hands on, had a generic Golden Horse mine train.

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    Boooooooooooo!

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    Behind this was a massive boat ride, which didn’t actually do much, with a large “Adventure Walk” in the middle of it, with loads of different paths and levels. It was all very impressive really.

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    Children Coaster had one of the most amazing trains I’ve ever seen. So welcoming for the young ‘uns.

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    I’ll just chuck some other stuff in. There were quite a lot of flat rides, kiddy rides, a 4D cinema etc., which I didn’t bother with. It was a decent collection though.

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    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Fair play to this place. Very few Chinese parks bother to get stuff open if they’ve got those bulls**t “temporary maintenance” signs out front, but this place were actually telling the truth.

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    This was one of the rarer Beijing Jiuhua models, which are a lot better than the Beijing Shibaolai models (which look very similar) or the Golden Horse “Kumali” layouts. I rode in the middle and found it really smooth, easily the best Chinese SLC I’ve done, and smoother than most of the Vekomas.

    The Ferris wheel had been closed earlier, too, but had opened up, so I did that for the usual views/photo op.

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    It was a really decent park considering it was just full of Chinese clones. The theming was outstanding in places and it was immaculately clean. Operations were annoyingly, yet predictably, s**t though. Luckily, it was quiet, so I walked onto most things, but I waited about half an hour for the SLC to get through 3 cycles before I got on it.

    Getting a taxi out was a pain as well since I left in the early afternoon. Towards closing, I imagine that, like most of these places, there’d be a few cars hanging around, but because of the awkward timing – nobody arriving or leaving – I was a bit f**ked. I ended up walking about 15 minutes to a nearby apartment complex and grabbed a cab fairly easily then.

    Tourist S**te

    There was a huge park in the city centre which looked to be a good candidate for some surprise creds.

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    This all started to look very promising:

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    However, there was nary a jungle mouse to be seen. Gutted.

    There was some big museum in there, which I didn’t bother with, but they had a natural history section in a building opposite, which was free, so I had a quick look.

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    It was only small, but yay for dinosaurs.

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    From there, I headed down to an area called something like “Three Streets Seven Alleys”, some old, traditional area based around an unknown number of roads and lanes.

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    I stopped partway down for some traditional Chinese refreshments, and finished off at the far end with some local delicacies for dinner.

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    I was a bit knackered by that point, so just headed back to the hotel after that.

    Day 2 – More Cultural S**t

    Mu flight wasn’t until around 8pm, so I had a full day to kill.

    This area was pretty much at the end of the Seven Alleys area, but I couldn’t be arsed the day before.

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    This temple complex was pretty impressive. It dates from around 1,000 years ago originally, but like most s**t in China is mostly modern reconstruction.

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    There was some central square which I thought might be interesting, but there was f**k all there.

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    It was early, but there was an express bus station for the airport nearby, so I just decided to head out. The airport is stupidly far from the actual city; about an hour’s drive.

    I would’ve been better off doing it by train really since it would have taken around the same amount of time and been a lot cheaper. Luckily, and unusually, flights were on time both ways to and from Hong Kong, but if there would’ve been even a slight delay, it would’ve been quicker by train when you take into account getting to and from the airport in Suzhou and all the airport faff at either end.

    That’s it then. A decent enough little break and a surprisingly nice park, but I don’t expect anyone will be rushing to book their tickets. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Wanda or Fantawild pop up at some point though, considering it’s a city of 7.5 million and there’s only one park.
     
  2. davidm

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    Thats quite a fab view over the river and mountains from the ferris wheel (smog/bad weather aside).
    I do like them pointy Chinese mountains (not the fake one in the foreground obv.).
     
  3. Mysterious Sue

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    I don't often say this about your short breaks in China but that actually looks like a nice place to visit. The theming in the park is fab, especially that huge water ride, and the city looks quite nice too. I'll put it on the list, although I doubt I'll go any time soon with all the new wanda/happy valley/hot go parks springing up like mad.
     
  4. HeartlineCoaster

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    You'd think so, but...

    I'm sold.
     
  5. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    Good TR as always. Happy World has always looked like an interesting park. Some really interesting themeing and I kind of love the wird entrance.

    And you'd be right. Although its a Happy Valley park. Little way off though in 2023.
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