What did residents of Hong Kong tell me when asked about Guangzhou? 'It's where all the pollution comes from!' 'Forget it, it's just an industrial place!' 'People are rude over there and they don't know how to eat!'
I spend a day with clear skies and slap-happy, curious and friendly Chinese visitors and staff in Guangzhou's Chime Long Water Park the next day. Brand-new water slides manufactured by Canada's WhiteWaterWest and ProSlide make the Mainland yell: a funnel-shaped Tornado slide, state-of-the-art water coasters, speedy-slippy body, belly and tube slides complemented by a large wave pool wetten the soil adjacent to the classic and dry Chime Long Paradise theme park.
China has a far better water park than any country in Continental Europe, which goes to show where the biggest currency reserves of today are located.
Chime Long Waterpark in southern China
Chime Long Waterpark from above
This water park tends to get packed
Fast and colorful body slides
Canadian-manufactured giant funnel slide
It's called 'Tornado' and it's a lot of fun!
U-shaped family rafting slide
Watch your mom and dad yell like never before!
Family rafting plunge
Choice of family rafting slides
Racer slides (you slide on your belly)
Chime Long water coaster slide
It's called water 'coaster' because it powers its sliders up and down
Giant bowl slide
Chime Long Waterpark crowds
Massive Chime Long wave pool