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How Do You Say 'Giant Wooden Roller Coaster' In Chinese?

Where: Sheshan, Shanghai, China
August 3, 2009 at 2:09 PM | by | ()

What are you doing on August 8? Since it won't be 08-08-08 like last year, we're going to assume that you're not either getting married or attending a wedding, so why not hop to the opening of China's largest theme park? The Happy Valley park, just outside of Shanghai in Sheshan, the 900,000 square-meter (that's 9,687,520 square feet!) park will have discounted admission through mid-September, so it's alright if you don't rush on opening day.

For adrenaline junkies, the Happy Valley park will have a mine coaster, a diving coaster, and China's first wooden coaster—they're still making these things?— called the "Fireball," which we'd hope never ends up as an actual fireball. That's it there in the picture above.

As for accomodations, Shanghaiist has the details:

The park will also feature a crazy part-underground eco-hotel made out of a former quarry; however, construction on the hotel has unfortunately not yet started. Look forward to construction beginning sometime next month.

A wood roller coaster and eco-hotel in China? We might have to check this place out ourselves after we renew our Chinese visa, especially since American Six Flags are a complete suck-fest with this recession.

Related Stories:
· China's largest theme park opening next week in Shanghai [Shanghaiist]
· Happy Valley Theme Park (in Chinese) [Official Site]
· Theme Park Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Shanghaiist]

Archived Comments:

Wooden Roller coasters...

are fun! In fact, my favorite is in Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. I went a week ago on a Thursday and it was packed with camp kids. Although the park has become a "coaster" friendly park, I had a great time.