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    Status update: China's Orlando and Disney sending reps or officials to Hengqin

    China's Orlando is being built at Hengqin Island and there's been reports that disney sending reps or officials to the site recently just days before official grand opening of Ocean Kingdom.

    International circus lifts curtain on China’s Orlando

    news source: Macao Magazine

    Macao magazine


    International circus lifts curtain on China’s Orlando

    On 20 November, 3,000 spectators will crowd into a brand new auditorium in Hengqin in Zhuhai for China’s first international circus festival, featuring 120 performers and 60 animals from 18 countries.


    The curtain will rise not only on a circus to be held every day of the year but also China’s most ambitious tourist project – the Ocean Kingdom, involving an investment of 20 billion yuan by the Chimelong Group, a private company based in Guangzhou. The first of its ten theme parks is due to open at the end of this year.


    It aims to attract 20 million visitors a year and surpass the resort which the Walt Disney company is building on 963 acres in the Pudong district of Shanghai, with a total investment of 29 billion yuan. It is due to open in December 2015.


    “It will be the Orlando of China, and will become the new benchmark for the theme park industry,” said Su Zhigang, the chairman of Chimelong.

    A first in Asia


    It is the most ambitious tourism project ever under-taken by a Chinese company. Like Disney in Shanghai, it aims to attract not only millions of mainland visitors but also tourists from South Korea, Japan, India and other countries in Asia and further afield.


    As foreigners go to the US to take their children to Disney World in Florida, so they will bring them to Ocean Kingdom – that is the hope of Su and his team at Chimelong.


    It will be unlike anything in Asia – ten theme parks, 12 luxury theme hotels, three 18-hole golf courses, two yacht clubs, a science centre, shopping malls and an international convention centre. It will have the world’s largest aquarium window, through which visitors can see ten 40-foot-long whale sharks in a six-million-gallon tank; they are a threatened species and the world’s largest fish. There will be penguins, polar bears, spotted dolphins and Chinese white dolphins. The aim is to give visitors a close-up view of these marine creatures and a deeper understanding of their habitat.


    “Ocean Kingdom’s role serves not only to entertain and to thrill, but also to bring the projected millions of annual visitors closer to marine animals and their stories. The immersive, high-tech, themed environments will bridge the often wide gap between humans and their underwater neighbours, generating a deeper understanding of these creatures and a call-to-action to join conservation efforts for them and their habitats,” said a statement by PGAV Destinations, the company based in St Louis, Missouri, that is the lead strategist, planner, designer and product developer for the project.


    The plans for rides include the world’s tallest Ferris wheel at 210 metres high, a German-designed MACK water coaster, a MACK super splash and a ride through a rain forest with a bird’s eye view. Several large stadia will host marine performances by Beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions and walruses. There will be a cable car that circles the entire resort area. “It will allow guests to sit back and relax while enjoying the sea breeze and a full view of the ten theme parks, in the words of Chimelong.

    The site will be home to the Chimelong Dolphin Hotel, with 1,888 rooms; the company calls it the “largest environmental hotel in China”, with rooms, restaurants and retail space built around water.


    Big gamble


    This spectacular investment represents an enormous gamble by Chimelong. The two main risks are access and whether visitors will come more than once.


    Hengqin is an undeveloped island, with a population of about 10,000. In August 2009, the State Council approved it as a special economic district, the third in China after Pudong in Shanghai and Binhai in Tianjin. It covers 106 square kilometres, more than three times the size of neighbouring Macao.


    Since 2009, the island has been the site of a construction boom, with workers racing to build roads, lay drainage pipes and telephone lines and complete the infrastructure needed for a modern city. The island aims to support a population of 280,000 by 2020.


    Ocean Kingdom is on the bottom tip of Hengqin. The question is whether this infrastructure will be able to bring in and look after 20 million visitors a year to the new site; in other words, 55,000 people a day.


    Shanghai Disney Resort will not have this problem. It sits in the southeast corner of Shanghai, a city with 24 million people and a sophisticated transport infrastructure already in place – airport, road and rail.


    Chimelong is betting that tourists in Macao, Hong Kong and Guangdong will choose to spend an additional day or two in Hengqin. In 2012, 28 million visitors went to Macao, an increase of 0.3 percent over 2011; of them, 25 million were from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, up 0.4 percent, while the number of non-Chinese visitors fell 0.5 percent.


    Guangdong itself is a major tourist market. It is one of the richest provinces in China and, in 2012, more than four million of its people went abroad for a holiday.
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    Re: Status update: China's Orlando and Disney sending reps or officials to Hengqin

    Where in the article do they mention disney reps going to Hengqin Island?
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    Re: Status update: China's Orlando and Disney sending reps or officials to Hengqin

    Macao couldn't even support one single Cirque De Soleil show... Good luck to Ocean Kingdom getting many visitors from that place.

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    Re: Status update: China's Orlando and Disney sending reps or officials to Hengqin

    Oh. Why would disney pay a visit to a rival resort?
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    Re: Status update: China's Orlando and Disney sending reps or officials to Hengqin

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyHKP View Post
    Oh. Why would disney pay a visit to a rival resort?
    To scope them out?

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    Re: Status update: China's Orlando and Disney sending reps or officials to Hengqin

    Execs commonly go to each other's events. It's not a big deal.

    If they wanted to spy, they would just send regular employees.
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