On another Asiaobscura adventure, we jumped on Line 1 subway to the far west of Beijing. Bajiao subway station is almost the last stop, which means enduring a loooong trip on the busiest subway line in Beijing! But we stuck in there and after only a short walk from the subway station, we found ourselves at Shijingshan Amusement Park.
For those of you confused by the title of this blog, this amusement park is famous for blatantly copying Disneyland, as well as a number of other famous children’s brands. I think the photos will speak for themselves.
It’s great value for money. The entrance ticket is only about 30 yuan ($5) and you pay per ride. The little kiddy rides vary from 5-15yuan. And the bigger things up to 50yuan. I would suggest bringing food though, as there were only pitiful ice-creams and stale popcorn. But if you brought a picnic – it would be extra awesome!
However, don’t bring any butterflies. They’re banned.
The rollercoaster to nowhere. We weren’t quite sure what was going on with this one.
These kids were having a great time. Bouncing up and down and around and around.
It’s one of those parks where you have to take your own safety into your hands. You kinda weigh up the pros and cons before attempting any of the rides.
Clearly only this one guy was brave enough to attempt this one.
We weren’t brave enough for this ride.
For that reason, we mainly stuck to haunted houses. We tried all the haunted houses and they were weird. Weird. You either walked through or rode through on a train and were presented with a series of puppets and dolls which had light sensors and sometimes moved – there were all sorts of scenes.
The worst one was pitch black. And it wasn’t scary for the puppets, it was scary because we couldn’t see! We traipsed through hand-in-hand, not knowing what was around the corner.
There was definitely a theme of musicians in the haunted houses. Are drummers that scary???
This is the copied Disney castle. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard it’s identical!
This one I couldn’t quite work out. It’s a rabbit, dreaming of a hamburger, that’s trying to eat itself, which has a live fish and noodles in it.
And, happy rabbits all shoot guns, right?
Fancy a ride in a vegetable or fruit?
The boys braved this one. It was like the Gravitron, but without a roof. It span around and around, holding the boys into their seats. Kinda. In a dangerous way. There were a few bumps and bruises after this. But the loud disco music made up for it!
All in all, it was a fun day. I only wish I had photos of the massive water boat fight ride. Picture 8 of us wearing plastic ponchos that were too small for us, piled into two boats firing water pistols at each other. Gold.
Find more photos from this trip on the Asiaobscura website.
Have a look at my photos from an abandoned amusement park in Beijing.