We’ll wager you don’t spend much time in Fengtai district, but Happy Magic Water Cube is worth the trip. The largest outdoor water park in Beijing, it has twice as many rides as the Olympic Water Cube
. The park was packed when we visited, but, unlike Happy Valley, lines are minimal, if not nonexistent. The majority of punters are inexplicably drawn to the fake concrete beach and wave pool.
Leave the lazy river and small pools to others and head straight for the thrills offered by the multitude of chutes. Highlights include the oversized ‘Tornado’, where you plunge down a funnel-shaped flume, and the ridiculous open-pipe vertical drop of the ‘Plummet Bodyslide’. Ignore the unappealing industrial surroundings – not to mention the Thai-prison atmosphere of the changing rooms – and prepare yourself for a fun-filled day worth splashing out on at Happy Valley Magic Water Cube.
Best ride The ‘Octopus Racer’ (above) has eight ‘lanes’ to race on, as you throw yourself down head-fi rst like a young Superman at bath time.
Top tip Take your own towel and fl ip-fl ops. The latter can be purchased inside (from 15RMB) – you’ll need them to walk between the rides.
Cost 244RMB adults; 160RMB kids 1.2-1.5m tall; free under 1.2m. One-month unlimited pass 400RMB. Night pass: 120RMB for 6-10pm until Monday 20. How to get there
A taxi from the city centre costs around 60-70RMB and will take about 40 minutes.
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