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A celebration of success is ongoing at Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel Water World with nightly electronic laser fireworks, fluorescent light shows, water music parties, and movies on the beach.
What they are excited about is that Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is now one of the world's 10 most-visited theme parks. Industry monitor Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced recently that over 10 million tourists had visited Ocean Kingdom in a year and steady growth of over 10 percent has been maintained since 2014. Back then, Ocean Kingdom became the only recipient of TEA's 2014 Outstanding Themed Park Achievement Award.
Ocean Kingdom is also the most-visited part of Chimelong International Tourist Resort, which received 60 million visitors over the past five years. The annual visitor number is expected to surpass 50 million after three new additions are opened.
Hengqin Bay Water World [Photo by Zhu Xi / Zhuhai Daily]
They are: Chimelong Marine Science Park covering 50,000 sq m (10.22 acres) and costing 10 billion yuan ($14.5 billion); Chimelong Ocean Science Hotel offering more than 1,200 rooms; and Chimelong Theatre, which will contain 6,500 seats and a new international top-level original themed circus.
A manager says the entertainment complex will eventually have two world-class theme parks, five theme hotels, and all-new circus performances.
The 1.2-hectare (3-acre) Hengqin Bay Hotel Water World has an outdoor swimming area, beach, and dolphin pool. It is unique to Zhuhai, Hong Kong, and Macao in that it offers close-up encounters with dolphins. A 100-m (109-yd) water slide begins indoors, extends outside, and reaches the "secret base" of Water World where a dolphin family waits to be admired and even fed.
Chimelong International Tourist Resort [File Photo]