I spent the week-end in Shenzhen. This city is famous for its still very popular kitsch theme parks like Window on the world or Shenzhen folk culture village. Therefore, I am very fond of the place I visited1: an abandoned waterpark from the 1980s!
An early waterpark in a growing megalopolis
As you might know, Shenzhen used to be a simple fishing village. During the period of « reforms and opening up » (改革开放) policy initiated in 1979 by Deng Xiaoping, special economic zones were created in Guangdong province (Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Shantou) and Shenzhen grew extremely rapidely. The urban development and economic transformation of Shenzhen resulted in large-scale construction projects such as Sweet Fragrance Lake.
Sweet Fragrance Lake Amusement Park was built in 1981. It was the biggest amusement park in Shenzhen. It closed in 2005 because of economic reasons and because an expressway got planned right in the middle of it, cutting it into two halfs.
A cheesy castle reconverted into a food-themed street
First, one can visit the interesting area of castles and palaces, which got reconverted into a food-themed space.
However, the « delicacy street » will also be demolished, as a new real-estate project will start in 2020.
Remains of the amusement park over the water
But the most beautiful part of this park is located around the lake, which is why I called this place the abandoned waterpark. Indeed people walking or fishing around the lake get to appreciate a very uncommon urban landscape.
There is another abandoned rollercoaster on the ground that loops the loop.
When one gets further in the compound, one gets to reach the nice ferris wheel, which is still in a pretty good shape.
The best views by far were the ones of the huge rollercoaster on the water, displaying harmonious symmetrical designs.
I hope I will have more opportunities to go back to this enchanting place in the next months, before too much redevelopment alters the area!
- I thank Gui for suggesting to go there, it was really worth it. ↩