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Final post to share about our newest adventure in China! So, this last full day we decided to venture back to Chimelong. First we quickly visited Chimelong Paradise to enjoy a little bumper car action and rides. We also watched a highly amusing lumberjack show where people danced around to Western music, had log rolling contests, and raced one another carving things with chain saws. It was ALL in CHINESE which made it even funnier… We also zipped over to see a magician perform which was also amusing. There were card tricks, vanishing acts, and more. Our son was quite entertained.
After we visited Paradise, we walked over to where the bus would bring us to a part of Chimelong we hadn’t visited before, Crocodile Park. Now, the bus there is slightly less convenient than the others. It takes two different buses and a lengthy wait for the second bus. We read about the food there and thought it would be nice to try out lunch in a new place. Note to other visitors, DON’T DO THIS. We were thoroughly disappointed about the food selections and the closed restaurants. We did not enjoy the food for lunch at all. The entertainment? Pretty good.
First, we walked over to see the hippos. I was a little thrown by the water and the hippos lurking beneath but was glad that they had their own space. We noticed a “feed the hippo” notice and chatted with a keeper. One hippo obligingly climbed out of the water and promptly urinated and flung poop all over (watch out for the swinging tail!), we dodged all by hiding behind a conveniently located tree. My kiddo enjoyed throwing vegetables into the hippo’s mouth.
We watched pelicans perform and then went over to meet the crocodiles. It was fascinating to hear the little baby crocs making sounds and also meet an iguana.
Since we’re now in The Year of the Horse there were some special horses on display in the human entertainment area. There was a healthy sports course for people to run around and other fun things to do.
We visited the incubation and hatching areas for more crocodiles which was fascinating to browse.
Then we went to see the pigs. These pigs raced, leaped, jumped, dived, and more. It was quite the entertaining sight.
Finally, we decided to watch the crocodile show. This show was completely in Chinese (as was all the other presentations) and we could mostly follow what the people were saying, not that we understand Mandarin… There were two trainers who confidently wrestled, lifted, and performed with crocodiles, leaving that to the experts!
We returned to our new favorite restaurant, 13 Factories.
Pretty nice place to relax and enjoy a family meal at. Then we walked back to the apartment. (Remember that we do take the subway back and forth from the hotel, it was still easy and convenient as long as you don’t mind walking a little bit!) It was an entertaining vacation, happy we were able to get away and return to Chimelong. Nice to experience it in a very different way!
(We were thrown by a mall’s restaurant- where we found a restroom… what was up with these names!?)
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