Day Seven - Happy Valley Shenzhen, Honey Lake, Donghu Park
Today was another day of many parks! We first started out at Happy Valley in Shenzhen which was another awesome park! I never imaged we would encounter such amazing looking parks in China. Seriously, the Happy Valley parks are nicer than 80% of USA parks. The only thing that have lacking is the operations are a bit odd, but I think it has more to do with how the local culture navigates through the parks.
I think I may have even liked this park better than the one in Beijing, but without the B&M flyer the ride selection wasn't quite as good.
Next we visited Honey Lake Park. This was a strange, STRANGE place. When researching all these parks we were told that Honey Lake is basically on death row. Half of the park now has a new highway running right through it and you can see the old entrance on one side of the road and a defunct old roller coaster on the other.
Across the park they have one roller coaster that looked barely operating and a couple other flats that kind of, sort of worked. If you didn't see rides running you would think that this whole park had already been abandoned years ago.
Then the final stop for the day was Donghu park. I nice city park with a small amusement section that included two coasters and an alpine slide. Great little park, mostly for kids, but still a lot of fun!
Onto some photos...
We arrive at Happy Valley Shenzhen where they are celebrating 10 top hats full of sex and hot oil.
Just like the Beijing version, there was a Vekoma mine train, totally crazy themed and different from the other park and a bazillion times nicer than the Hard Rock Park version!
Yup, they had a Vekoma SLC just like the Beijing Happy Valley. At least aren't the same as every other damn SLC in the world!
The Chinese knock off Wacky Worm with the punching bee.
"This is the proper riding position for the Punching Bee coaster."
They also had one of those "Fire Academy" rides from Legoland, but this one you had to put out the fire on the...um...CRASHED PLANE?!?!
In the shops you are encouraged to buy your kids machine guns.
Oh, look! They have a dark ride here themed to Santa Claus. How nice!
Wait a second...if this is a dark ride about Christmas and Santa Claus why do they have guns? OMG! It's a shooting dark ride themed to Christmas! This might very well be the BEST DARK RIDE IN THE WORLD!!!!
The splash battle ride looked great...
And this awesome kids ride in the "Typhoon Bay" area where you ride in beds and bathtubs!
There was a lot of mystery meat on sticks...
This is "Honey Lake" and at first glance it may look really nice. That coaster there is just sitting in the water rotting away. I don't think it's been opened in YEARS.
The coaster that was open was ALSO rotting away!
By the looks of the queue, I don't think this ride sees much love.
Although for a rusted out dilapidated coaster, it actually ran pretty good!
I don't think too many children will be playing today.
The water park seems to be closed at the moment...I think we'll wait it out though as it may be open a bit later.
Next up was Donghu park where we DID find kids playing! Donghu is a large city park with a small amusement section and an alpine slide.
And yes there is ANOTHER one of these knock off spinning coasters. We think the Chinese government forced all the parks to buy these!
It doesn't matter...we are dirty dirty whores and will ride anything!
Including ride the powered coaster! (Even kidtums got this non-credit!)
There was also this really AWESOME Alpine Slide. Not sure how long it is, but this had to be one of the longest I've been on.
Alpine Slide POV!!!
Before dinner we had a "McDonald's Appetizer."
At dinner had a special guest! Mr. Chicken! Turns out Mr. Chicken's name was "Ed." He had quite an interesting past. He was a gansta rapper than lived in South Central Los Angeles. He didn't run with a very good crowd most of his life. There came a time though where he met a girl and started to turn things around because of her. On the night he was going to propose he went to a party where some of his friends got into a fight with some chinese mobsters. He was told that if he didn't come with them he would never see his woman again. After doing unmentionable acts to some birds living on the street he stood up for his rights and fought to come back to his true love. He almost made it out but was caught right before boarding a crate that would bring him back to Los Angeles. Today he was our dinner...and I gotta say, Ed tasted DAMN GOOD!
"I'm sorry things didn't work out Ed, but man, you made one great meal!"
(KidTums doesn't look so sure!)
Ed says "Can you eat my breasts first? I was very fond of them and I'd like to share them with you."
Tonight we crossed into Hong Kong...tomorrow Ocean Park and then Hong Kong Disneyland!
Thanks for reading!