China is a land filled with famous landmarks. But for recreation-seekers and lovers of the quirky and bizarre, there’s another reason to visit the Middle Kingdom: to see China’s numerous theme parks, which are in a class all by themselves. While Disney Land has made inroads into China, first in Hong Kong and soon in an upcoming Shanghai resort, the majority of the country’s amusement parks are of the home-grown variety. They range from Disney rip-offs to impressive city recreations.
The following are SCMP.com’s picks for China’s five oddest theme parks. With Shanghai Disney Resort not set to open until 2015, there’s plenty of time to visit them all.
5. Window of the World – Shenzhen
4. Bruce Lee Paradise Park – Guangdong
3. World Joyland – Jiangsu
2. Shijingshan Amusement Park – Beijing (see photo)
1. Empire of the Little People – Kunming
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