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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/world_s_100m_china_theme_park_to_create_580_jobs_and_lure_1_5m_visitors_1_3659732

The world’s first Chinese cultural theme park is set to be created in South Yorkshire - at a cost of more than £100 million.

A consortium involving Chinese investors, a former Alton Towers boss and a leading UK-based development company have been granted a lease by Rotherham Council for the 120-acre former Pit House West site, next to Rother Valley Country Park.

The project will create 200 jobs during its construction period and then 380 permanent jobs.

Developers predict up to one and a half million visitors each year could be attracted to the park - which will be called Visions of China - and have promised entry will be ‘affordable’ for struggling families.

And they have promised the scheme will not be another flop like other South Yorkshire visitor attractions such as the failed National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield and Earth Centre in Doncaster.

So who want's to visit this then?

Will it only employ Chinese people to be culturally authentic?

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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/world_s_100m_china_theme_park_to_create_580_jobs_and_lure_1_5m_visitors_1_3659732

So who want's to visit this then?

Will it only employ Chinese people to be culturally authentic?

That's weird, I went to china and visited this place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_of_the_World

"The Window of the World (Chinese: 世界之窗; pinyin: Shìjiè zhī Chuāng; alternatively 小人国) is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (118 acres)."

I could have saved myself the trip. :unsure:

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That's weird, I went to china and visited this place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_of_the_World

"The Window of the World (Chinese: 世界之窗; pinyin: Shìjiè zhī Chuāng; alternatively 小人国) is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (118 acres)."

I could have saved myself the trip. :unsure:

sounds tacky

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Dear All,

This is just down the road from me.

The interesting thing is that the local NIMBY's didnt want a factory over the road from this, but did not and have not raised a peep about this.

I dont see how it will make money? The projections are not at all risk based. I have a rule of thumb on this sort of thing.

Divide the number of jobs by 10 to get the real jobs. i.e., the ones that will pay more than the minimum wage. Then Halve the number of visitors. Double the environmental impact. If it still stacks up then it may be a starter.

Bonner

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'Visions of China'? Surely it'll just be a gallery of photos and paintings of the mills from Victorian times? Not too far from where China is for the average citizen.

For the other 'Vision of China', they could visit the local Chinatown/takeaway.

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Dear All

The guy behind it is also into Alton Towers.

Should be fun. Real Tanks shooting protesters in the Forbidden City will be my favourite.

Bonner

Edited:- Finger trouble

Edited by bonner

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And they have promised the scheme will not be another flop like other South Yorkshire visitor attractions such as the failed National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield and Earth Centre in Doncaster.

Seems to be on the right sort of scale (unlike the NCPM and Earth Centre which were approached in a woefully half-assed style).

Will it be a success? I can't see it myself. Stick in some decent theme park rides and they might have a chance.

Some suggestions:

Tiananmen Square dodgems (keep clear of those tanks!)

Yankee puppet shows (watch the wily Chinese make the Americans dance for their supper)

Financial roller coaster (watch your currency drop like a stone)

Ride the rapids (closed due to lack of liquidity)

Rifle range (shoot 3 dissidents and win a knock-off iPod)

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Dear Bart,

With those fun things to do, it might even get me to enter the place.

The others that might attract visitors.

Shooting of Bankers.

Watching show trials of artists.

Make fun of the gaijin (Ho mo Gwai).

Bonner

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Considering how things are going this doesn't appear to be a great idea no need to win one when you can grab yourself one for free.

I guess I just prefer the old fashioned ways of doing things.

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*Sigh*

It will just be themed, like Gulliver's world (does that still exist?) Or Camelot..... i.e. it will be 1900s Chinese, i.e. the park entertainers being Fu Manchu and bugs bunny type Chinese stereotypes.

The recent Yorkshire Oriental festival in Todmorden did pretty much exactly this. People dressing up as Fu Manchu, peasant hats and bowing (Chinese people do not bow, especially Southerners) with massive buck teeth and yellowing up, like Chinese version of the minstrals.

I can't wait to go, so I can take massive massive offense kick up a fuss and get paid a wad of hush hush money. B)

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I found another place in the UK that is 100% full of stuff from China !

Argos.jpg

:lol:

Or if you want to go upmarket....

5apple-store-employe.jpg

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A very similar park was tried and failed in Florida, it lasted 1993 until 2003. I only realised it was there because I was staying in a villa near it a few years ago, checked out the area using google maps satellite view and stumbled across what looked like a miniature great wall of China!

If you can't make a go of a business like that on Disney's doorstep, with the volume of tourists going through the area, how the hell is it going to work in Yorkshire?

Info. on the failed Florida park here.

Youtube video giving a tour of the abandoned site if you want to see what it looks like now :

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Youtube video giving a tour of the abandoned site if you want to see what it looks like now :

The one in Rotherham will look like that after 6 months.

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http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/barnsley/white_elephant_fears_over_china_theme_park_1_3762610

John King, planning officer with CPRE South Yorkshire, said: “The creation of Shaolin temples, Shanghai streets, oriental tea houses, spas and a hotel will hardly be in keeping with the character of the area, and will have a significant effect on the appearance of the country park and the wider landscape.

“However you look at it, Visions of China is an original scheme. But we’re also really concerned about whether such a niche development can be sustained over the long term. And then what would happen? We don’t want to see a white elephant in Rotherham’s Green Belt.” The charity wants to see developers start a fresh application process, which would give local people a chance to examine and have their say about the new plans, it added.

Rotherham Council said the site does not legally require new outline planning permission.

A white elephant, surely not.

Everyone will want to visit it...

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