Shijingshan has been open since 1986, but came under scrutiny from the Disney corperation in 2007 for its use of characters 'similar'to those copyrighted by Disney - not to mention the giant Sleeping Beauty-esque Castle that stands at its centre.
Speaking of standing, if you detest queuing, this is the one for you. If anything, you’ll have the opposite problem here – many of the rides won’t operate until enough people have gathered. There are a couple of decent coasters, including one with a loop-the-loop and a couple of corkscrews, but nothing on the scale or intensity of Happy Valley. Indeed, when we visited, there were more old folk sitting in the shade than there were thrillseekers chasing an adrenaline rush; it’s all pretty tame. Rides such as the ‘Water Canyon’ and ‘Mine Coaster’ lack any sense of danger, while the carousel and dodgems seem to attract more attention than the ‘challenging’ rides.
It’s fair to say that Shijingshan has seen better days, although it remains a good way to introduce younger kids to theme-park thrills, as well as providing a sanctuary to those wanting some peace and quiet.
Best ride The ‘Shenzhou Coaster’, which hits speeds of 88km/hr, and travels along 800m of track, as you’re strapped in by your shoulders, legs dangling.
Top tip The attendants will tell you a ride isn’t operating because it’s ‘too windy’. This is nonsense, and their way of waiting until there are more people; stand your ground!
Cost 10RMB entry fee (plus 10RMB deposit). Once inside, you have to pay per ride (20-50RMB). Alternatively, buy a card for 120RMB; it’ll be loaded with 150RMB of credit.
How to get there
Take Line 1 to the Bajiao Amusement Park stop. From Exit A1, follow the road underneath the Fifth Ring. Take your first right, which will lead you to the park’s entrance (450m from the subway).
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