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Hengqin ocean resort to open in 2013
The main body of the Chime-Long International Ocean Resort with an initial investment of RMB 10 billion has kicked off the construction on Hengqin Island and is expected to become operational in 2013.
Also breaking ground is the “Ocean Kingdom” project which consisting of entertainment, amusement rides, performances, high-tech experiences and animal watching as well as the dolphin-themed hotel with 1,888 luxury guest rooms.
Plans indicate that the ocean resort will cover Fuxiang Bay, Hengqin Hill and Dolphin Bay, with a total investment of over RMB 20 billion.
The entire project will be constructed in two phases. The first phase of RMB 10 billion mainly involves the facilities in Fuxiang Bay and is due to become operational in about two years’ time.
The “Ocean Kingdom” is regarded as a “super theme park” with independent intellectual property rights. It is divided into eight theme zones, each of them consisting of the three main components of amusement designs, performances and animal watching.
The park will also house a night zoo, water world, the world’s highest ferris wheel, the longest wooden roller coaster as well as an advanced theatre.
The dolphin-themed hotel after completion is set to become the largest ecological-themed hotel in mainland China.
It is expected that more than 20 million visitors from around the world will be attracted to the ocean resort after it is fully operational.
Vice-governor of Guangdong province Liu Kun said in the ground breaking ceremony that the resort project carries a “significant meaning” to the development between Guangdong and Macau, and will help promote economic diversification of the SAR.
Liu said he hoped that Zhuhai will strive to shape Hengqin to become a “demonstration” of closer cooperation between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.
The ocean resort will strengthen the international status of Zhuhai in the tourism industry and also become the third holiday destination alongside Hong Kong and Macau, the vice-governor pointed out.
He added that the three cities will form a “golden triangle of international travel”, share tourist resources together and complement each other.
Meanwhile, Zhuhai mayor, Zhong Shijian, also said the ocean resort is a “very significant” construction in the development of Hengqin. Once it is completed, he said the resort will promote the development of Zhuhai’s modern service industry, upgrade the industrial structure, enhance Hengqin’s economic power and also benefit the industrial development of Macau.
The MSAR is also set to have another theme park in Cotai. The Macau Theme Park and Resort Ltd, controlled by Angela Leong On Kei, has said that it intends to build a MOP 10.4 billion family-oriented amusement resort and hotels in Cotai.
According to a press statement, the integrated resort project will be developed in three phases and each of them will take about two and a half to three years to complete.
The company revealed that the entire family resort will consist of one 5-star, four 4-star and one 3-star hotels with over 6,000 guest rooms, shopping malls, convention facilities, an indoor beach and wave pool, amusement rides, a 4D theatre, an equestrian centre, a horse carriage trail as well as a water sports performance centre.
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