Watercube Water Park Beijing Reviews
Wild but expensive relief from the heat Jun 09, 2011
A great way to beat the heat in summer Beijing, and a great diversion for the kids if you and they are "templed out," is the Water Park in the Watercube, site of the Beijing Olympic swimming events. Since it is open late, also a great way to spend a late afternoon evening and let the kids blow off some steam. I recommend coming late in the day, it's particularly stunning when it gets dark.
Don't worry, the pool where Michael Phelps swam is still there, but the southern end of the building has been converted to a Water park with wave pool, water slides, lazy river, etc. Tickets are 200 RMB for adults, 160 if your children are between 1.2 and 1.4 meters tall (about 47 to 55 inches tall), and free for kids under 1.2 meters (but they can't do most of the waterslides). Price also includes entry to the Watercube for tourist gawking, which is otherwise 30 RMB.
There are a LOT of different waterslides in two separate areas, including the scariest waterslide I've ever tried - a straight drop of about 40 feet, which starts with you standing straight on a platform that suddenly drops away. Also a "Tornado" (raft ride with a mixing bowl style drop) and two waterslides that dump you into the lazy river, and a lot of others as well. Waterslides will be open and closed depending on load, it seems, but the big ones seemed to remain open most of the time.
Wave pool is also fun, if you're into it. Sometimes a stage features a dancing fish and some perky hostesses directing the crowd in dance moves. Very chinese.
There's also a very large wading pool for small children with various appropriate slides and play structures.
Food is typical theme park stuff, mostly fried. Bring your own if you want to eat healthily or cheaply. My 10 year old loved it. The price seems to keep the crowds of locals away, at least when we were there.
Although expensive, if your family has at least a week in Beijing, then a late afternoon trip to Olympic park, followed by a an early evening few hours at the Water Park, might be a great change of pace for the kids.
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