It can pretty hot and sticky in Shenzhen during the summer, and stepping out of your apartment and instantly becoming a walking sweat machine isn’t the most desirable of situations. So what can you do? Well the Chinese love to cool down by eating watermelons or popsicles for example, and of course there’s the old “Chinese shirt roll” maneuver, although perhaps that’s as similarly undesirable. Luckily for you Shenzhen dwellers however, there’s plenty of water parks where not only can you cool down, but can also have a right old laugh while you’re at it! There are quite a few water parks in Shenzhen, though we’ve picked the best ones for you to check out.
1) Happy Valley Playa Maya Water ParkView In Map
The Happy Valley Playa Maya Water Park is a state of the art Mayan-themed water park that features a whole load of awesome rides and activities, making it great destination for a fun day out. Highlights include a rainbow-colored multi slide where you can race your friends in a rubber ring down a steep, 15m long chute; a flume that features a loop-the-loop; and a circular bowl chute that has a vertical drop.
For kids and elderly folk, there’s a “Mayan Water Village” which features a series of less intense water rides and attractions where you can relax a little if you please. The site is also equipped with comprehensive leisure facilities that even feature a spa.
Add: 18 OCT Xijie, OCT Area, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Tel: 0755 2694 9168
Opening hours: 9:30-21:00
Price: 200 RMB (9:30-21:00 ticket), 60 RMB (18:30-21:00 ticket)
Getting there: take bus b603 or b795 to Happy Valley stop (欢乐谷站)
2) OCT East Ecoventure Valley Water Park View In Map
The OCT East Ecoventure Water Park is situated in an indoor stadium; so come rain or shine, you can still enjoy a good splash around here. One of the hot rides is the surfing simulator, which allows visitors to try their hand at standing up on a skateboard-like object while they make their way down a flume. There’s also an awesomely fun U-shaped bowl chute where you and your friends can throw yourselves down at optimum speeds just for kicks.
If you’ve brought kids, there’s plenty to keep them occupied such as a play pool where they can grab a water pistol and spray whoever they please! The area also features a water-themed hotel where you can choose to stay after some antics at the water park, which includes interestingly-designed rooms that make you feel as if you’re under water.
Add: OCT East, OCT Chaxi Valley, East Dameisha, Yantian District, Shenzhen
Tel: 020 8354 2963
Opening hours: 13:00-20:00 (site cleanup begins at 19:30)
Price: 60 RMB (includes lockers and showers), 30 RMB (for visitors varying coupons or who enter the park directly from the Ecoventure Valley)
Getting there: take bus E12, E13, J1, 53, sightseeing bus 1 or airport shuttle bus 6 to Dongbu Huaqiaocheng Xiagu stop (东部华侨城大侠谷站), or take bus 103, 308, 380B, 103B, 364 or 387 to Meisha Jiedaoban stop (梅沙街道办站)
3) Guanlan Shanshui Tianyuan Tourism Culture Garden View In Map
This multi-functional treasure is located a little outside the city though is worth the trip, as it’s a water park, a restaurant, guest house, hot springs, and a leisure center all rolled into one. The area is located next to the beautiful Junzi Lake that offers boat rides and luscious scenery.
Regarding the rides, there are some thrilling simulated rapids where you and your friends can climb aboard a rubber dingy and try your hand at racing down the rushing water, as well as a spiraling spacecraft ride among others. The area also comes fitted with a spa which is built in and around a completely natural forest/mountain setting; great for any earthly relaxation methods which you may desire. If you’re interested in sampling some of the local culture, there are also Hakka artistic performances during the day at 14:00-15:00 and 20:00-21:00, though these times may change.
Add: Guanlan Shanshui Tianyuan Tourism Culture Garden
Tel: 0755 2967 9888
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
Price: 38 RMB (after entering you will have to pay separately for the rides)
Getting there: take the Longhua subway line to Qinghu Station (清湖站) and then take bus M339 which can take you to the entrance of the area
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I have visited Happy Valley Playa Maya Water Park, we went after 6pm as you get a discount. It is really nice looking water park and moderately clean, however while my two friends had a great time I was limited to what I could go on due to my size. If you are over 180cm and heavier than 85kg then you won't be able to get on most rides.
Oct 22, 2013 14:00 Report Abuse