Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Gucun Park

The next park was a new one (and not one found by me I might add). As we approached the district in which the park could be found our guide explained how this entire area had been recently razed and rebuilt. Like some organisation playing simcity for real. He also told us about how he was hoping to move into the area.

The park is pretty large and for those who park at the east entrance be ready for a pretty long walk. My tip here would be to enter at the northern entrance which is much nearer to the rides, and which we found out on the way out. This is the acceptable downside to being the first enthusiast to ride the coaster. Had I mentioned this?

The ghost train was one that we came back to, the lure of powered coaster track looking way to tempting. You never know what you get inside the ride, as we'd learned in Kuwait where a dark ride turned out to be an enclosed rollercoaster.

The selection of rides in this rather abandoned park looked pretty decent. I guess in time as people move into the area this park will become busier.

If I was given a dollar for each time I saw one of these I'd have around 30 dollars.

Eventually we found the coaster and fortunately there were some staff close by, clearly bored, who came over and opened the ride up for us. It had to be said that this ride was by far the spinniest of the spinning mice that we'd ridden on this trip. We came off it proper dizzy and giggling. Sometimes the credit chasing turns up a gem; as far as Shanghai mice coasters go, this is one.

We finished our Gucun visit with a go on the ghost train which turned out to be a shooting variant, albeit with a small number of targets to actually shoot. Still the ride was fun and quite long which gave us some escape from the warmth outside.

So Gucun Park. If you can fit it in and don't mind the walk it'd be a nice addition to any Shanghai itinerary.


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