Planning a trip through China, but tired of all the obvious tourist spots? Here are 10 new and unusual locations to consider for your travel itinerary:
10) Wuhan’s Communist Party theme park
Want to give your little red guards a wholesome patriotic good time? Well head on over to Wuhan where a theme park opened in the autumn packed full of cartoon statues commemorating important figures from Party history.
9) Huangshan’s family-friendly Thai ladyboy shows
Apparently, the world-class beauty and majesty of Anhui’s Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, just isn’t doing it anymore, so tour operators have decided to import talent from overseas to make the visit worthwhile.
8) Shijiazhuang’s studio park full of world wonders
In a field outside of Shijiazhuang, a movie production studio has built scale models of the Great Sphinx, the Lourve Pyramid and, well, something…
7) Zhejiang’s Hello Kitty theme park
China’s first Hello Kitty theme park officially opened in Anji County of Zhejiang province in July of last year. It certainly seems like an unparalleled experience, and isn’t too far away from Shanghai.
6) Sanlitun’s Uniqlo shop
Japanese retailer Uniqlo has consistently denied any involvement with the viral sex tape filmed in the fitting room of its Beijing Sanlitun location, but it’s difficult to deny that it has been bad for business with shoppers trekking to the location to take photos in front of the infamous building where *the magic* happened.
Extra points for actually visiting the fitting room.
5) Fuzhou’s Star Trek inspired office building
An eccentric Chinese businessman has paid tribute to his favorite TV show in about the most spectacular way possible, by boldly building what no man has ever built before: an office headquarters designed to look like a starship from his beloved Star Trek sci-fi series.
4) Sichuan’s finest wax museum
Some of the wax sculptures at the Huaying Mountain Chinese and Foreign Celebrity Wax Museum in Sichuan province are so hard to correctly identify that Chinese netizens are calling it a “farmers’ fashion museum.” Meanwhile, celebrities are simply calling it a clear infringement of their rights.
3) Fiery Cross Reef’s paradise of veggie gardens and cute female soldiers
Is China constructing dangerous military outposts in the South China Sea that threaten global peace and prosperity or are they simply building tropical retreats ideal for vacation getaways? Make a visit and see for yourself.
2) World’s longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in Zhangjiajie
Die-hard Avatar fans will soon be able to see the inspiration behind James Cameron’s Pandora like never before as the record-breaking skywalk spanning the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is set to open to the public in May 2016.
1) Shanghai Disneyland
Duh. It’s set to finally, finally open in the spring, and we can only assume that after all this time it will be the most magical place in the world.