amusement parks

US Interns in China “Homeless for a Month”

This summer, things went badly wrong for a group of US college students taking part in the South China Internship Program to gain real-world working experience related to their majors. Their experience serves as a warning to...

The “Disneyfication of Tibet”

As China’s inbound international tourism continues to grow along with the numbers of potential domestic ticket buyers, China is experiencing an amusement park boom, and is expected to have more theme parks than the USA by...

The Fake Disneyland that Never Was

Reuters photo-blogger David Gray recently found some very unique photo opportunities at the site of an unfinished amusement park outside of Beijing. Along the beaten tourist path from Beijing to the Great Wall sits the abandoned...

A Former Premier of China Speaks

At The Atlantic, Damien Ma translates some “classic quotes” from a new collection of Zhu Rongji’s speeches and letters: “You (referring to cadres) are neither diligent nor independent. You go out drinking...

Chongqing Halts Red Theme Park Plan

As Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty prepare to fight for visitors outside Shanghai, plans for a Communist Party theme park in Chongqing have fallen apart. From China Daily: The park, which was planned to occupy more than 128...

Outside Shanghai, Games of Cat and Mouse

A month after ground was broken on the long-anticipated Shanghai Disneyland, Japanese company Sanrio has announced that the first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan is to begin construction in Zhejiang later this year. Only...

Enter the Mouse: Shanghai Disneyland Construction Begins

Work on the long-anticipated Shanghai Disneyland is to start on Friday, according to the Associated Press: After about a decade’s worth of speculation over the plan, Disney CEO Bob Iger and Shanghai dignitaries were...

China’s Han Flock to Theme Parks Featuring Minorities

From the New York Times: MANZHA, China — Tucked away in China’s steamy tropical southwest are the villages of the Dai people, famous throughout the country for a raucous annual tradition: a water-splashing festival where the Dai...

The real line dividing cultures – Henry Fountain

From the International Herald Tribune: Hong Kong Disneyland, the second Disney foray into Asia, is known to some in the theme park business as Disney Lite. It is far smaller than Disney parks in the United States, Japan and France, with fewer of the elaborate signature rides. But in one area, at least, the Hong […]



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