China Leisure: Happy Magic Water ParkAdd to Lightbox Download
China, Beijing. Chinese visitors by the wave pool at the Happy Water Park..Beijing Olympic aquatic centre, known as the Water Cube, where superstar Michael Phelps won eight gold medals, re-opened as Asia's largest indoor water park and is pulling in new crowds - that is, those that are rich enough to afford the tickets, placed at 200 yuan for adults and 160 for children in a city were the minimum monthly salary amounts to 1000 yuan. Like other Olympic installation the Water Cube, with its peculiar bubble-like exterior, was on its way to become a white elephant when the number of visitors started to fall a few months after the 2008 games. After a 24 million euro face-lift, the management is hoping that the new 'Happy Magic Water Park' will become a popular attraction for Beijing burgeoning middle class.
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