Living in the countryside of China has its random perks. For example, I get to witness the hidden treasures city folks and tourists don’t really get to see in China– like a local amusement park tucked behind towers of apartments.
Growing up in Southern California, amusement parks were no strangers in my neighborhood. I knew exactly where Mickey’s home was in Toon Town or the procedures for keeping my hands and feet inside the ride at all times. This park, though, was something different and something special. Familiar yet unfamiliar.
Unlike the amusement parks back home, here it seems like safety regulations aren’t as strict. The park itself is in a small area by the river, so rides were in very close proximity. At one point, my friend and I joked about how I could probably walk up to her and give her snacks while she was on a ride.
What was familiar to me, though, was the bright smile on every child’s face.
|Prizes can be toys, dolls, or a brand new pet|
The nice thing about this park was that it was completely free! It was just an open park for the public to enjoy. Each vendor and store was independently owned, and all you had to was pay to enjoy a game or a ride.
|Children driving remote boats|
We chose to ride two rides. The swing ride in the photo above and the roller coaster right next to it. Each ride was 10 RMB ($1.50 USD). The roller coaster wasn’t really a roller coaster though. We had to pedal the ride ourselves like a bicycle (so it was more like I paid to exercise…).
|Souvenirs and snacks|