1. September 2018. Here in southern China the school I work at usually organizes one or two teambuilding events every year. These little day trips are great because they always get me out to some choice spots across the region that I didn’t even know about it. The ‘little’ city of Lishui (population two and a half million) lies in Zhejiang province, about a two and a half hour drive from my home in Rui’an. Team Upstreet and I wouldn’t be visiting the actual city, but rather its impressive Adventure Island Water World situated on Pipa Island right on the edge of the city centre.
2. September 2018. I’d never been to a Chinese water park before, so felt excited by the prospect of both a fun day out and a unique My 5 for LL’s Zhejiang Province page. Partnered by my Upstreet colleagues and fellow Englishmen Stu and Day-Bird, I spent a great day exploring the park starting here at its giant wave pool imported in from America by theme park experts The Murphy Brothers. The waves were decent and the place wasn’t that busy, due to the fact that we’d expertly timed our visit for the week after China’s kids had all gone back to school. Needless to say the stage’s apocalyptic sound system insisted on blasting out shitty techno music, but I guess you can’t have everything.
3. September 2018. The park boasts all manners of slides for all age ranges, but the meanest, most badass of all were these two babies. The white slide on the left (I forget its name) was thrilling enough with its sharp drop and hair-raising speed. But to be honest its blue neighbor, The Aqua Loop, took the experience to a whole other level. Firstly it gets you on a psychologically because you don’t sit down at the top of the slide you simply stand on a glass panel in an enclosed elevator-type box. Then the attendant pushes a button and you just plunge into apparent oblivion. From the terrifying sixty seconds or so that followed I recall bouncing off the sides of the tube several times, gritting my teeth during the oblique loop (360° titled at an angle) and then the last heart-pounding drop back down to ground level. “That was great!” said Day-Bird, “I’m never ****ing doing it again”.
4. September 2018. There are a number of inflatable ring slides too, which are no less compromising on the speedometer. In fact, I think I was far too relaxed going into this one. By the time we’d been spun around all over the place I’d lost my sunglasses (stupidly left on my head) and had Day-Bird just about in tears with the bewildered expression plastered across my face. He was still laughing about it days later.
5. September 2018. With a seemingly endless array of thrills and spills on offer, you’ll eventually gravitate towards The Lazy River for some chill time. The waterway winds virtually all around the park and a full loop takes about half an hour. Lishui Adventure Island is very much a seasonal attraction that opens roughly between June and September between the hours of 10:00-19:00. Entrance tickets go for 230RMB (£26/€29/$34). English at the park is pretty much zero and there’s very little English language info to be found online. To dig around a little it’s better to do so in Chinese: Lishui Maoxiandao, 丽水冒险岛.
This My 5 is dedicated to the memory of my iPhone 6. You served me well old friend, but sometimes destiny dictates that life suddenly comes to an end in a Chinese water park.
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