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I am a big fan of water parks and have been to many of them over the years in New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida. Consequently, I wasn't expecting very much of Chime-long's water park and was very pleasantly surprised.
The developers hail the water park as the largest in the world and, based on my limited experience, it might very well be. The standard "lazy river" ride (a winding passage of flowing water that you float on inside an inner-tube around the periphery of the park) took over 30 minutes to complete.
The wave pool is probably the best that I have been in and, unlike the parks in the States, the waves seem to persist for quite a long time between each new generated set.
The slides were also probably bigger, better, and more exciting than anything I can remember with the exception of my all-time favorite water ride, the Caribbean Corkscrew, at the Adventure Island Water Park in Tampa, Florida.
There are ample lockers and changing rooms at a minimal cost and you can rent a one, two, or three person float for the various rides for 20 yuan (plus a 20 yuan deposit, which is returned when the float is).
The only real criticism I have is of the food. I ordered what was supposed to be lamb shish kebob and could not recognize it as such from the taste or smell at all. The barbecued chicken wings were edible but that was about it. Everything else was unrecognizable and would only be eaten by young Chinese nationals. Next time I will bring a supply of sandwiches and snacks and simply use the food concessions for buying drinks.
The circus was, in a word, amazing and unlike anything I have ever seen before. It can best be described as a "musical circus theater" as the entire 90-minute show is perfectly choreographed: Think of Escapes on Ice except with a circus theme (and not on ice). The acrobatics and aerial stunts were the most exciting that I have ever seen.
My only complaint is that the very large covered amphitheater filled up almost to capacity and it was quite hot in there. By the time the show was over, I was covered in perspiration and my shirt was soaked through and through. If you are going to see the circus, I suggest you do so either at the very beginning or end of the season, when temperatures drop in the evening hours. And I wish they would serve regular salted popcorn. That sweetened popcorn just doesn't do it for me and was the only kind available.
All in all, a very memorable experience and I will definitely be returning to the water park sometime in the near future.
The water park was considerably more exciting and nicer than I expected. It is hailed by the developers as the world's largest water park and that may very well be true. The circus was unlike anything I have ever seen before, best described as musical circus theater instead of what you would expect from a traditional Barnum and Bailey circus, albeit no less exciting or entertaining.
The food served in the entire complex at the numerous concessions was very disappointing and is best characterized as cheap, low-quality, Chinese fast food. While some of the concessions boasted photos of great-looking hamburgers, that item has yet to be incorporated into the menu.
The circus is held in an open-air, albeit covered, amphitheater and even in early May, it was very warm at night with all the people in attendance.