Industrial, smoggy Wuhan - that's the location of China's upcoming, fifth Happy Valley theme park.
I find these amusement parks are fantastic for the locals. They surprise with brand-new coasters and quality rides, manufactured by the best suppliers around the world. And the ‘Happy Valley' brand gets better with each new park - the predecessors being located in Shenzhen, Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.
Creating fun places with peace-inducing landscaping outside Mainland China's restless, smog-choked, mega-metropolises is more than appreciation of property surrounding it; it's a matter of social urgency.
When I had a look at the site in October 2010 all I found was a suspicious security guard and two excited marketing girls. I am sure that, at the moment of publishing these words, the cranes are already rising above the ground. Full speed. The China way. Full smoggy throttle towards the opening in 2011.
Happy Valley Wuhan preview poster
Offices and/or worker's dwellings on site
Residential skyscrapers opposite the site
View from one of these skyscrapers
Happy Valley construction site in October 2010
Happy Valley Wuhan site
OCT operates several Happy Valley parks across China
Once the excavators arrive, sleeping will be over for good
The Theme Park Guy in Wuhan