China’s first Hello Kitty theme park officially opened in Anji County of Zhejiang province on July 1 (only six months late), giving the bobtail cat its first home on the mainland.
Hello Kitty Park is home to 11 unique Hello Kitty attractions, including a luxury resort decked out with plush pink furniture, chandeliers and bows. The park is located about 30 minutes drive from the provincial capital of Hangzhou.
The 95,000 meter square amusement park hosts Hello Kitty-themed performances, parades and features a decorated Ferris wheel, along with movies, shops and catering services.
The theme park, apparently the first large-scale theme park of its kind to open in China (at least until the Shanghai Disneyland opens next year), is expected to handle around 1 million visitors each year. It is the third Hello Kitty theme park to have opened outside of Japan.
Tickets will cost 230 yuan for adults and 180 yuan for children. Visitors on the weekend, or those foolish enough to go during a Chinese public holiday, will be gouged out of an additional 50 yuan.
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By Lucy Liu and Dominic Jackson
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