Monday, 29 July 2013

Binhai Amusement Park

We crossed the river then made our way to the next park, and being disallowed to take the coaches in, walked to the next park.

Originally thought to be called Nansha Tianhougong, we subsequently found out that was the name of this temple and the park was just called Binhai, or Seaside park.

Rather cute mascot.

The park is a mixture of market, photo opportunities in pretty locations, a beach and a theme park that runs behind that.

A rather cool spinning ride.

Looking eastwards back towards Shenzhen, a shame the skies were grey as it meant bad photos and rain, which soon kicked in and prevented us riding for a bit.

The park has 3 coasters and all of them are the rides we'd ridden many times already and would do many times in the day to come. So perfectly stereotyping the Chinese theme park scene Binhai is home to a powered dragon, spinning mouse and jungle mouse. The dragon above was unique though in that it left a trail of sparks from its underside as it ran. It also closed as I was about to ride due to the rain.

Figuring the jungle mouse would have the slowest throughput we took shelter close to that and waited for the rain to stop. A young kid kept us entertained with his bubble blowing skills whilst we waited and when it did cease we found this ride to be pretty good. It had a different track to that we'd seen earlier, perhaps a different maker.

Second coaster was the spinning mouse and having to wait a little longer here for it to be dry enough to ride we cheered as the first car made its way out the station...

...then let out a collective groan when we saw it momentarily leave the track in the brake run when it hit some of the final brake track wrongly. Instantly crossing his arms, we knew that the operator had closed the ride, and as he ran over to push the car around the remainder of the track we knew we'd be ridiculing these four for the remainder of the trip for having broken it.

The damage done to the track.

So I went back over to the dragon and rode that. 2 out of 3 is better than none.

The park has a cableway that I thought I'd spend some tickets on.

Looking back towards the temple.

The mouse that the club had killed.

The tagada operator escaping the heat and getting some rest.

I took a quick walk through a modern temple. It was very serene; the Chinese do seem to be very good at introducing calm in their designs and I'm saying that as a Feng Shui non-believer.

The mascot gets me back for being part of the collective that broke their ride.

With plenty of tickets left and no desire to ride anything else we would often end our visit to a park by offloading them on the locals. Once the confusion was out of the way I think they appreciated our generousity.

I had a competition on the trip to see how many people would could see on one motor bike. This was a poor attempt of 3. The unphotographed winner was 6 which we saw in Guangzhou. This beat 5 I saw in 2010.

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