Asia-Pacific Quick Takes | May/June 2021
Sky-High Thrills Inside China’s Canton Tower
Imagine tackling a ropes course nearly 300 meters above the ground. Guests can embark on this adventure inside Guangzhou, China’s iconic Canton Tower, thanks to a project developed by France’s MND.
MND imagined, manufactured, and installed three vertiginous acrobatic courses inside the tower, featuring more than 35 activities and a 325-meter-high skywalk. In addition to a 90-meter walkway and two balconies, a mobile platform called “In & Out” tilts 180 degrees from the inside to the outside of the tower for a breathtaking experience.
“This project is a fine example of the transfer of our know-how from the mountain to the urban environment and a flagship reference for MND in Asia,” says MND CEO Xavier Gallot- Lavallée.
Situated on the banks of the Pearl River, Canton Tower became a popular tourist attraction upon its debut alongside the 2010 Asian Games, attracting 2 million visitors annually.
Belgian Chocolate Inspires Chinese Theme Park
It’s a chocolate lover’s dream. Designed by Belgium’s KCC Entertainment Design, the new 18-hectare Chocolate Kingdom Theme Park is located in a China Aoyuan Group integrated resort two hours north of Guangzhou. The park features four zones, three inspired by different types of chocolate—white, dark, and milk—plus a medieval village that hides the entrance to the secret chocolate kingdom. There are 27 attractions, including a Ferris wheel, swing tower, roller coaster, and chocolate museum. A separate family entertainment center is open year-round.
The project—developed in partnership with China Cultural Tourism—expects to welcome 1 million guests annually. The 533-hectare integrated resort also features a tea and chocolate town with restaurants and retail, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, hot springs, and Yingde Quanlin Water World water park.
Chocolate Kingdom Theme Park is the seventh entertainment destination in China designed by KCC.