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Don't just go with the flow, visit a water park
By Kasumi Hirokawa

School's out and it's time for a little bit of adventure for thrill-seekers who want something more than a standard public pool experience. So, to cool off in the summer heat, why not head to a water park? Swirling slides, man-made beaches, water guns and rocky boat rides - and even dinosaurs - are bound to entertain all members of the family. Most of the water parks below are easily accessible from Shanghai.

Dino Beach

Located in the outskirts of Shanghai, the park has a massive artificial beach and a 1,200-meter man-made river, the longest in Asian water parks.

In addition to the water park attractions, Dino Beach hosts a pageant contest called Beach Honey in which women aged between 17 and 28 can sign up to try to win prizes of up to 1.4 million yuan (US$219,742) and the chance to be featured in China's leading fashion magazines.

Tickets come in many types, including before 4pm and after 4pm for most days and 10am-noon, noon-4pm and after-4pm tickets on Fridays. It ranges from 140 yuan to 200 yuan.

The park has two types of swimming tubes available for rent: single, donut-shaped ones and figure-8-shaped ones for pairs. Visitors in wheelchairs are welcome. No guide dogs are permitted and no foods and beverages are allowed in the park.

Suzhou Amusement LandWater Park

It is a place where entertainment meets fitness, says management. Built in 1995, the park is one of the oldest and said to be among the best amusement parks in Jiangsu Province.

It takes its theme from East Asian bathing culture, with the landscape modeled on Bali in Indonesia. Visitors looking to relax can take a dip in hot tubs, therapeutic pools and spas which staff say aid blood circulation and relieve stress.

The park does not provide swimming tubes or wheelchairs for rent. Fees for lockers are not included in the ticket fee (100 yuan).

The Suzhou Amusement Land has five themed "lands" among which the Water Park is one. While there is no single ticket covering them all, tickets combining entry to Happy Land and Water Park are available (220 yuan).

Happy Magic WaterCube Nanjing

It was designed by the top Canadian amusement park designing company Forrec, which has been involved with the making of Disney resorts and Universal Studio parks.

The park boasts the first 360-degree tube water slide in east China and a performance stage with an LED screen. Tickets cost 180 yuan each. Children less than 1.2 meters tall can enter free of charge.

China Dinosaur Land

It is one of the best-known amusement parks in the Chinese mainland, its thrilling rides and dinosaur exhibits attracting visitors from home and abroad.

There are no swimming tubes for rent. Assistance for people with disabilities may be provided upon request but the park advises visitors to consult the customer service beforehand. Signs are written in Chinese, Korean and English but menus may not have English translations and staff may not speak English.

Day tickets (300 yuan) cover one-time entry to the amusement park and the water park areas while the night ticket (120 yuan) grants access to the water park after 5pm.

Dino Beach

Tel: 6478-3333


Address: 78 Xinzhen Rd

Suzhou Amusement Land Water Park

Tel: 400-828-6660


Address: 87 Jinshan Rd, Suzhou

Happy Magic Water Cube Nanjing

Tel: (025) 8410-5666


Address: Huanglishu, Tangshan Neighborhood, Jiangning District, Nanjing

China Dinosaur Land

Tel: 400-616-6600


Address: 1 Hanjiang Rd, Universal Dinosaur Town, Changzhou

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