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  1. gavin

    Turkey PTR - Days 8+9: Antalya (Land of Legends)

    I’ve been putting off reporting on my summer trip since there’s just so f**king much to get through, but here goes. This year, I went to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. I think I’ll write a separate report for each country just to keep track of it all, so here’s Turkey. This was the...
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    Guangzhou Sunac Land + Extras

    This trip was a couple of months ago now, but here it is anyway. I wanted to head to the new Sunac park before I broke up for the summer – my Chinese visa is expired now - but didn’t have much time, so I ended up taking a day off work, telling them that I had to go to immigration, and took the...
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    Beijing PTR - Part 2: Cred Whoring

    I had an early finish last Friday, and Monday was a Hong Kong public holiday, so obviously that was a cred weekend. I decided to head back to Beijing, not having been there since 2007. Since I spent about 5 days there last time, I did all the cultural s**t back then, so I won’t be boring you...
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    Nagashima Spaland and Suzuka Circuit PTR

    Once Hakugei was announced, I knew I had to try and get back to Nagoya. Work and flight times worked out well enough that I could fly over on Friday afternoon (free flight using air miles) then back on Sunday evening (cheap flight with budget airline). It’s only been a couple of years since I...
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    Xishuangbanna PTR - Part 1: Sunac World

    I’ve had this place on my radar for ages, but never managed to make it work before now. It’s pretty out of the way, close to the borders with Myanmar and Laos, with no direct flight options from around here. There are plenty of flights from Kunming though, which is a MUCH more major city. I’d...
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    Guiyang and Anshun: Part 2 - Probably Not Worth Clicking

    This wasn’t a great weekend, but anyone with an enhanced sense of schadenfreude should enjoy it immensely. I suppose there are some decent pictures as well. The logistics then. I had a long weekend, so got a Friday evening flight to Guiyang. Flight times are good (leaves Hong Kong around 9pm)...
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    Chimelong Paradise and Safari Park PTR

    It was my 236th birthday last month, so I was taken to Chimelong Resort for the weekend. I hadn’t been in a massive rush to get back since there’s just a Sky Rocket II that’s been added since my list visit ages ago, so it wasn’t on the cards for when I finally pull my finger out and do the...
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    Egypt PTR - Part 9: Hurghada (with cred)

    Here we go again then… I had a long Chinese New Year Holiday this year (it tends to alternate between CNY and Easter, so CNY last year was a bit crap while Easter was much longer, but this year it’s switched), so had time to do a long-haul trip. Egypt was one of those places I’d always wanted...
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    Two killed in Sri Lanka Amusement Park Accident

    If anyone saw my Sri Lanka trip report from a few weeks ago, you might remember New Saniro Dream Paradise, a craphole I had the misfortune to visit. Nic and Jake just tried to go and it was closed. It turns out that two people were killed when a car on an Octopus ride detached...
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    Sri Lanka PTR - Part 7: Galle

    Here we go again then. I’ve been putting this off since I got back over a week ago despite having f**k all to do at work. However, since I know that everyone is desperate for a report on the theme park Mecca that is Sri Lanka, here it is. A couple of people from here have already been, making...
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    New World's First For Fantasy Island!

    Oh dear.
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    Ridiculous Coaster Trains

    I could have shoved these in the "Weird and Wacky" topic, and there are some old "favourite" and "least favourite" train topics, but I thought I'd separate it. By "ridiculous", I don't mean comfortable/uncomfortable etc., but more the stuff that gets shoved on the front of trains. Here are a...
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    Chimelong Ocean Kingdom PTR

    I’ve done a couple of reports from this place before, but there’s a bit of new stuff, so I’ll chuck it in. We got the ferry over from Hong Kong to Zhuhai, and a bus from the ferry port to the park. Door to door, it takes around 3 hours. It would probably be a bit quicker to go via Macau (the...
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    Nanning PTR - Part 4: Fantawild Asian Legend

    It seems like I haven’t been anywhere for ages thanks to the first term at work always being s**te, but I managed to get a bit done at the weekend. I had some bulls**t work thing where all the teachers had to go to Guangzhou for some anniversary thing. The place I work started off in Guangzhou...
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    Kunming PTR - Part 2: Cred Whoring

    Yes, it’s another one. Before the school term properly kicked in, I had a long weekend, so flew out to Kunming. The weather forecast was for rain and thunderstorms for the whole three days, which is obviously less than ideal. On the first day, it was cloudy in the morning, so I headed to the...
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    Guilin Area PTR - Part 5: Scenery

    Now that those USA and Mexico reports are out of the way, I can get back to writing about Chinese powered dragons and jungle mouse coasters. I’d planned this exact same trip for a year previously, but a typhoon meant that my train between Shenzhen and Guilin was cancelled, which f**ked up the...
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    Hong Kong Disney 2018

    Their event has been going for about a week now, but I haven't been yet. There's a new Nightmare Before Christmas walkthrough: Journey to Halloween Town "Frightful antics will ensue this Halloween when Jack Skellington and his friends create their own brand of crazy mayhem! The Pavilion will...
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    Mexico PTR - Part 6: Bosque Magico and Monterrey

    As promised in that rapturously-received last report, here’s the Mexico section of my summer trip. I had an evening flight from San Antonio to Mexico City, arriving quite late at night. At that time of night, with few people around, I was worried that I might have been in a slightly sketchy...
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    Georgia and Texas PTR - Part 4: Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    Ugh, I’ve got loads of catching up to do on here, so best get started. The main plan for this trip was to get the Mexico country cred. I’ll do Mexico as a separate report later even though it was part of the same trip. When I started planning it, I added in Texas to finally get that cred...
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    Killing an Afternoon at HK Disney

    I haven’t done one of these for ages, but I’ve got an hour to kill at work before I’m allowed to go home and watch s**t on TV all afternoon, so I’ll throw it in. I’m on half days at the moment, the weather is lovely (too hot really, but sunny and blue skies) and I hadn’t seen the new Moana...
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