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Top 5 Theme Parks in Asia

You can cite a lot of different examples to illustrate Asia’s nascent economic prosperity. For one, led by China and India, all the big mega projects under construction in the world, from supertall skyscrapers to hydro dams, seem to be on the continent. But the emergence of a vast new leisure class has had a notable effect in the development of another type of mega project: the theme park. Take a look at five of the best.

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5. China Dinosaur Park, Changzhou, Jiangsu

A mere hour and a half train ride from Shanghai and voilà! a gargantuan dinosaur theme park in the heart of Changzhou. The Changzhou Dinosaur Park has a water park, playground and museum complete with massive reptile replicas. Check out the pirate ships at Lubara or catch some Thai Elephant Shows at Funky Dinosaur Town. Explore the rest of the park on a scooter or bicycle for a different experience.

Where to stay: Guang Dong Hotel Changzhou

Changzhou City Guide

4. Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Embark on a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to reach Genting Highlands, the “City of Entertainment.” It is a remarkable escape from the busy urban bustle of the capital. Moreover, the hill country temperature is a welcome relief from the oppressive KL summer swelter. Outdoor amusement rides include the Spinner, Pirate Ship, Cyclone, Corkscew, Rolling Thunder Mine Train and Space Shot. Visit the Genting Sky Venture for a simulated skydiving experience or the Snow World for a winter wonderland. The Flying Coaster, Asia’s first hang-gliding rollercoaster, always tops the list.

Where to stay: First World Hotel Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands Guide

3. Ocean Park Hong Kong

A trip to Ocean Park, Hong Kong usually starts with a cool adrenaline rush – a cable car transfer from the Lowland Gardens to the Headland and vice versa. Over 5 million people per annum explore inherent attractions like the Amazing Birds Show, Sea Jelly Spectacular, Shark Aquarium, Atoll Reef, Adventure Land Rides, and Giant Panda Habitat.

Where to stay: Regal Hong Kong Hotel

Hong Kong City Guide

2. Universal Studios Singapore

The Genting Group built Universal Studios theme park on Sentosa Island to complete and strengthen the Resorts World Sentosa leisure and entertainment megaplex. It is divided into seven zones: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. One of the most popular attractions is the Lights, Camera, Action show hosted by Steven Spielberg. Guests are shown how special effects can magically transform a regular stage into the setting of a hurricane about to hit New York.

Where to stay: Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel Singapore

Singapore City Guide

1. Tokyo Disneyland, Japan

Tokyo Disneyland is the first Disney park ever built outside of the United States. It is divided into several sections, such as World Bazaar, Critter Country, Mickey’s Toontown and the boilerplate quartet of Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Westernland, and Adventureland. This park lures close to 14 million visitors a year, which ranks it just below the U.S. Disney parks in worldwide theme park attendance.

Where to stay: Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo

Tokyo City Guide

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