Apart from the scorching summer, Guangzhou tends to be warm all year round. Add to that the almost life-sapping humidity, and even a five minute walk to the metro can end up with you in a sweat-trenched stupor longing for cold mass of water to dive into. Luckily, Guangzhou has its fair share of water parks where you can do just that, and you can also have a good old laugh while you’re at it. Most of these places are also located away from the city center so they also serve as a great chance to spend a day away from the rush of the city amid a naturalistic setting. So, if it’s slippery slides, flumes, or epic wave machines that you’re after, why not read on as we introduce the best water parks in Guangzhou.
1) Chimelong Water ParkView In Map
Chimelong Water Park currently boasts the title as the largest and most advanced water park in Asia, and is recognized internationally for its top quality equipment and awesome water rides. The “Family Python” chute is the longest in Guangzhou at 200 meters long, and features a “MEGA tube” (a special type of enclosed chute). There are countless other slides, chutes, and rides such as a wave machine, rapids, and raft rides. Chimelong Water Park averages at about 50,000 visitors per day so make sure you either get there early or prepare yourself for the crowds!
Add: Yinbin Lu, Panyu District, Guangzhou (near the Chimelong Hotel)
Tel: 020 8479 2222
Opening hours: 9:30-18:00 (Mon-Thurs), 9:30-21:00 (Fri-Sun)
Price: Apr 29-Jun 30: 180 RMB (daytime), 110 RMB (night time), 400 RMB (family ticket, includes two adults and one child), 250 RMB, Jul and Aug: 250 RMB (daytime), 150 RMB (night time), 560 RMB (family ticket)
Getting there: take subway line 3 to Hanxi Changlong Station (汉溪长隆站), or take the free shuttle bus from Guangzhou’s South Railway Station to the Chimelong Holiday Resort (长隆旅游度假区). There are buses every 30 minutes.
2) Big Hippo Water WorldView In Map
Located in the Nanhu National Holiday Resort (南湖国家旅游度假区), the Big Hippo Water World covers a large area and is one of the old-timers in terms of water parks in Guangzhou, having been open for 16 years. There are over ten water features including rapids, high-speed flumes, a wave machine and a kid’s pool. Chutes climb roughly as high as a seven storey building, and boast around 25 meters in length to give that exhilarating flying feeling.
Add: In the Nanhu National Holiday Resort, Tonghe Town, Baiyun District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 3724 9219/3724 9209
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (Apr 28-Oct 7)
Price: 100 RMB (adults), 50 RMB (children)
Getting there: take the 862 bus from Guangzhou Railway Station to Nanhu Main Station (南湖总站)
3) Gold Coast Water Park View In Map
Gold Coast Water Park is certainly up to scratch with the others when it comes to equipment, as it features an all American-imported set of rides including swirling chutes, rubber ring flumes, and even gym facilities should you get tired of water-based antics. It was built on the site of the old Pearl River Swimming Pool, and is peppered with coconut trees and other tropical plants which create a truly exotic atmosphere. The flumes aren’t exactly as tall as the ones featured at the other parks, though they make up for it in length, with some taking you on a twisting and turning plummet of over 100 meters.
Add: 29 Binjiang Lu, Haizhu District, Guangzhou (near Zhongda North Gate)
Tel: 020 3425 9534
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
Price: 55 RMB
Getting there: take bus 8, 11, 24, 121a, 121, 131a, 131b, 182, 229, 247, or 460 to Zhujiang Yongchang Station (珠江泳场站)
4) Olympic Water Park View In Map
Located north of the of the Guangdong Olympic Stadium (广东奥林匹克体育中心), the Olympic Water Park is great for kids as it features lots of inflatable amusements that float on the water surface. Of course that doesn’t mean that adults can’t go, as it’s always fun to try and keep your balance whilst trying to navigate your way across these inflatable obstacle courses. The park features all kinds of pools and slides and having only just opened earlier this year, is brand new with all the facilities in pristine condition.
Add: North Square, Guangdong Olympic Stadium, Puhuang Village, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 8374 0291/186 6569 5856
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
Price: 45 RMB
Getting there: take subway line 4 to Huangcun Station, and head out of exit E (黄村站)
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