Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Water Cube is now a water park!

After the amazing success of the Water Cube in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the aquatic center has spent the last year undergoing renovations in order to become an incredible (and massive) indoor water park.

Rather than just let the record-smashing facility sit there unused, the owners have transformed the space into the fantastical Happy Magic Water Park, complete with slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, floating jellyfish and more. Now Beijing's second most visited tourist spot (after the Great Wall) is a hot spot for family activity and the largest water park in Asia.

In a city where the minimum wage is 960 yuan per month ($158.75), at 200 yuan ($33.05) for adults and 160 yuan ($26.45) for children to enter the park, it seems the emphasis is on attracting tourists rather than locals. For this price visitors can gain entrance to the park complex, which also includes shopping arcades, cafes and performance stages, whereas a much more feasible 50/30 yuan remains the entrance fee to the water park alone.

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