Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park

27th October 2013

There were five possible parks for my last day in Beijing, of which four could be reached via public transport at a tiny fraction of the cost of using a driver. As opening hours for the inaccessible one were not available I decided that I'd leave it for another trip at some point in the future. My first stop was Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park, located adjacent to Baijao Amusement Park Metro Station. Two types of ticket were being advertised at the booths, both of which included a selection of rides I wasn't interested in and came with a price tag several orders of magnitude higher than what I'd hoped to pay. Rather than accept this at face value, I found a member of staff with passable English, who told me that an entry only ticket was available for a very reasonable ten yuan.

Crazy Mouse No More

It took me less than ten minutes to score my credit on Spinning Coaster (#1985), a supremely uninteresting ride that I wanted to tick off only for the sake of completeness. With that out of the way, I completed a full lap of the park to see whether any other coasters had materialised since the last time a western enthusiast had visited. There was nothing there that I hadn't seen before, and in fact it was fairly evident that I was visiting a park in decline, as several of the coasters from my previous visit were in an advanced state of non-functionality. The most tragically hilarious was Crazy Mouse, whose sign and station stood in front of a collection of empty concrete footers.

 

Beijing World Park

27th October 2013

For my second stop I took the metro to Guogongzhuang Station, which exited out into a construction site. There were plenty of locals evidently confused by the presence of a western tourist, but their interest faded as I followed my GPS in the general direction of Beijing World Park.

I walked through the dramatic front entrance into a pleasantly landscaped garden filled with replicas of famous landmarks around the world, including Stonehenge, The Eiffel Tower, Red Square, et al. Only a tiny portion of the available space was allocated to amusement rides, and it quickly became apparent that the vast majority were closed today. Fortunately however the Canyon Adventure (#1986) was open for a thirty yuan upcharge. The ride was for the most part dull, but there was some fantastic and thoroughly unexpected airtime to be had on hill immediately after the first drop.

Stonehenge

 

Aoyun Fuwa Paradise

27th October 2013

The longest walk of the day was from Jiaomen West Station to Aoyun Fuwa Paradise, a small park whose theming was based on the Beijing Olympics from 2008. Unfortunately only a portion of the park was open for business today, and that half didn't include the bigger rides. I made a valiant attempt to get one of the roving operators to start up the Happy Racing Boat for me, but to no avail. Sadly the coaster was relocated to the great midway in the sky just weeks after my visit, along with a pirate ship, a carousel, and a swing ride.

 

Sun Park

27th October 2013

My final stop of the day was about twenty minutes walk from Tuanjiehu Station, though it's worth noting that Sun Park will have its own metro station on line fourteen (one of four currently under construction in Beijing!) in a few years time.

The main reason for my visit was the presence of Crazy Skateboard (#1987), a fairly respectable spinning coaster from Beijing Jiuhua. When this trip report was first written it contained language talking about how Chinese manufacturers had apparently learned to innovate, but subsequent research has revealed the ride to be copied from an engineering drawing presented at IAAPA in 2004 by Chance Morgan, proving that the leopard cannot change its spots. With the credit out of the way, I rode the two identical looking powered coasters; Space Scooter and Sliding Dragon. The latter was quite a slow ride and barely worthy of note, but the former was fast and thrilling, with strong lateral forces in each helix.

Crazy Skateaboard

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Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park

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