Gongqing Forest Park10th September 2009
The parks hit on our final day in China are probably best described as the dregs at the bottom of the barrel. Inertia Roller Coaster (#1456) was most interesting for its paint scheme, a mixture of red and yellow that proved quite eye catching. The ride was a little on the bumpy side (no surprises there) but otherwise good fun. Next to it was my first Sameco coaster, and to describe it as evil does an injustice to the word. Loop And Spiral Coaster (#1457) outwardly resembles an Arrow/Vekoma ride, but it is nothing like as smooth (!) and the general discomfort is exacerbated by very heavy restraints that are really too low for anyone over six feet in height.
The final coaster in the place deserves a paragraph of its own. At first glance the Golden Dragon Roller Coaster (#1458) appears to be a direct clone of the ubiqitous Big Apple coasters found all over the world. However, it seems in this case that the ride may have been duplicated from a photograph, and those attempting the cloning didn't quite get their proportions right. The result is easily the largest coaster I've ever seen with this layout, maybe fifty percent bigger than the norm, and the lack of a trim brake on the drop results in a surprisingly intense family coaster.
The only other ride we tried was the Bobkart, one of the best of the breed and almost (but not quite) as impressive as the one at Rasti-Land.
Century Park10th September 2009
It seemed almost appropriate that our final real credit in China should be another Golden Horse Spinning Coaster. With Revolving Car (#1459) cleared we took the subway to the Oriental Pearl Tower, but the coaster there was unfortunately closed for annual maintenance. It was a lot of fun to walk around the glass floor on the upper level though!
Shanghai Peoples Park10th September 2009
With the official trip concluded, most of us headed into the park next to our hotel for one quick lap on the powered Dragon. The ride felt and looked like an original Zamperla, but without any manufacturer plates it seems likely that it too may have been a copy.