Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Coordinates: 22°06′00″N 113°31′48″E / 22.1001°N 113.5300°E / 22.1001; 113.5300
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Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
珠海长隆海洋王国
Chimelong Group
Operated byChimelong Group
General managerPaul Yuen
ThemeMarine
Slogan全球领先的海洋主题乐园
World Leading Ocean Theme Park
Operating seasonYear round
Attendance10.83 million (2018 operating year)[1]
Area8
Attractions
Total15
Roller coasters3
Water rides2
Websitezh.chimelong.com/oceankingdom/
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
Hanyu Pinyin
Zhūhǎi Chánglóng Hǎiyáng Wángguó
Yue: Cantonese
Jyutpingzyu1 hoi2 coeng4 lung4 hoi2 joeng4 wong4 gwok3

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is a theme park situated in

Orlando of China".[2] According to TEA and AECOM, it was the 10th most visited theme park in the world in 2018, with 10.83 million visitors.[1]

Among its attractions are a wide range of amusement rides and animal shows, as well as one of the world's largest oceanariums with a total of 48.75 million litres (12,880,000 US gal; 10,720,000 imp gal) of water. The theme park has achieved five Guinness World Records.[5]

Rides and shows

Rides

Name Type Manufacturer Area Opened Image
Parrot Coaster Wing Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard Amazing Amazon 2014
Polar Explorer Water Coaster Mack Rides Polar Horizon 2014
Walrus Splash SuperSplash Mack Rides Walrus Mountain 2014
Penguin Coaster Force Coaster Zierer Hero Island 2018
Jungle Coaster Force Coaster Zierer Hero Island 2018

Shows

Name Type Venue Area Opened
Dolphin Show Animal show Dolphin Theater Dolphin Cove 2014
Sea Lion Show Animal show Sea Lion Theater Mount Walrus 2014
Beluga Show Animal show Beluga Theater Polar Horizon 2014
Ocean Resistance Nighttime Spectacular Hengqin Ocean Hengqin Ocean 2017
Musical Fountain Spectacular Fountain show Hengqin Ocean Hengqin Ocean 2015

Themed areas

There are eight themed areas inside the park, each representing a part of the ocean.

Ocean Avenue

Ocean Avenue
  • The entrance area with shops and an LED digital canopy that showcases the sea

Dolphin Cove

Amusement rides

Castle Theatre
  • Battle of the Pirates – spinning tea cups with shooting water jets
  • Dolphin Round Ride – spinner ride
  • 5D Castle Theatre - Opened in 2015. The castle theatre features a 13-minute animated film called "Kaka's Great Adventure". The film is produced by Prana Studios with Kraftwerk Living Technologies (KLT) providing the hardware. The theatre has a 1,500-square-metre (16,000 sq ft) curved screen, a world record. The theatre took more than three years to plan and cost some ¥300 million (US$50 million) to build.[6]

Animal exhibits

  • Dolphin Island and Dolphin Theatre – spotted dolphin habitat
  • Dolphin Conservation Center –
    Chinese white dolphin
    habitat with viewing for guests both above and underwater

Amazing Amazon

Amusement rides

Animal exhibits

  • Journey to the Amazon – freshwater aquarium

Ocean Beauty

Amusement rides

  • Deep Sea Odyssey – submarine ride that goes inside the aquarium

Animal exhibits

Whale Shark Aquarium
  • Whale Shark Exhibit Aquarium – the tank itself contains 22.7 million litres (6,000,000 US gal; 5,000,000 imp gal) of water, making it the largest in the world,[5] and it is home to whale sharks, manta rays, and many other species at the time of its opening.[7]

Polar Horizon

Amusement rides

  • Polar Explorer
    – water roller coaster ride

Animal exhibits

Beluga Theatre
  • Beluga Experience and Beluga Theatre – beluga habitat
  • Polar bear Village – Polar bear habitat
  • Penguin World – Penguin habitat

Hero Island

Amusement rides

  • Bumper Smash – Bumper cars
  • Games Arcade – game stalls
  • Penguin Coaster
  • Jungle Coaster
  • Tower of Sea Monsters

Animal exhibits

Mount Walrus

Mount Walrus entrance

Amusement rides

Animal exhibits

  • Walrus Island – walrus habitat
  • Sea Lion Bay and Sea Lion Theatre – sea lion habitat
  • Sea Bird Paradise – Home to
    seagulls
    .

Hengqin Ocean

  • Shows, parades, and firework shows

Entertainments

Journey of Lights - Nighttime parade designed by Miziker Entertainment[8]

Transportation

The resort has been served by the Zhuhai Changlong railway station on the Zhuhai–Zhuhai Airport intercity railway since 18 August,

Awards and records

In 2015, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom won the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement over 169 international candidates, marking the first time the award was given to a Chinese theme park.[9]

The ocean park holds the Guinness world record for being the largest aquarium in the world, it also had the largest aquarium window in the world according to the Guinness World Records, a single acrylic panel measuring 39.6 by 8.3 metres (130 by 27 ft).

The Journey of Lights parade won the 2018 Thea Award for outstanding achievement - live show.[10]

Criticism

Samuel Hung Ka-yiu, chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, said, "Ocean Kingdom seems to have imported everything." They are doing everything wrong. "They are doing everything you don't want them to do".[11] Examples include polar bears confined in small areas demonstrating "repetitive pacing, swaying, head-bobbing or circling"[12] and skin disorders in penguins kept in a sub-tropical environment.

Further criticism arises from a recent trade of

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits were applied for by Russia and granted for two wild-caught killer whales, also known as orcas, to be exported to China."[11]
Ocean Kingdom refuses to comment on whether they plan to display orcas in the future, but there are currently 50 aquariums in China, none of which have orcas on display.

Attendance

Year Attendance
2014 5,504,000[15]
2015 7,486,000[16]
2016 8,474,000[17]
2017 9,788,000[18]
2018 10,830,000[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "TEA/AECOM 2018 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b Brady MacDonald (17 July 2013). "Huge Chinese theme-park project aims to be the 'Orlando of China'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ a b "Hengqin ocean resort to open in 2013 29/11/2010". Macau Daily Times. 29 November 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Hengqin: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom to open before CNY". Macau Daily Times. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "China's Hengqin Ocean Kingdom confirmed as world's largest aquarium as attraction sets five world records". Guinness World Records. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. IAAPA. Archived from the original
    on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Largest Aquarium Window". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  8. ^ Kleiman, Joe (11 November 2016). "Miziker Entertainment Brings Decades of Nighttime Parade Expertise to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom's Journey of Lights". InPark Magazine.
  9. ^ "Chimelong Ocean Kingdom wins 2014 Thea Award". Hengqin.gov.cn. Retrieved 5 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Thea Awards 2018". Themed Entertainment Association.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b Simon Parry. "Could Zhuhai's new Ocean Kingdom create a market for imported killer whales?". Post Magazine. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Zoochosis: Abnormal and Stereotypic Behaviour in Captive Animals". Born Free Foundation. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Ocean Kingdom in China Could Become World Leader in Importing Killer Whales". Coaster-net. 5 March 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Message board". Russian Orcas Homepage. 13 October 2013.
  15. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2014 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.[dead link]
  16. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  17. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2016 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report" (PDF). TEA (Themed Entertainment Association). 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  18. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2017 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report" (PDF). TEA (Themed Entertainment Association). 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 June 2017.

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