OCT East is a theme park that was opened in summer of 2007, but it's a bit hard to place it into a certain category. OCT is one of the biggest real estate companies in Shenzhen. They somehow managed to buy an area of about 9 square kilometers in the east of Shenzhen, close to DaMeiSha beach. The main attactions are the three major theme parks: Knight Valley, Tea Stream Valley and Wind Valley. There are lots of houses built in Swiss style, there is a tea area and there are performances during certain times of the day. There is also a huge golf course, hotels and real estate.
OCT East - tea stream valley
Currently (early 2009) there are two major attractions:
The second phase of the project, Knight Valley, will open in 2008 according to the website, but I didnt see it during my visit . This park will distinguish itself by forests, rivers and outer space, Red Wine Town and the Statue of Guanyin Sitting in a Lotus Throne.
We went to OCT East with our department at work. We bought tickets at some huge ticket office at the bottom of the mountain and then took some a free car to the funicular station. That train took us to the top of the mountain via a very steep road. From the train you get a good view of Dameisha beach. Afterwards we visited the Interlaken area with lots of Swiss-style houses and some performances. In this area you'll also find lots of restaurants (including KFC) and the Interlaken hotel. Many couples come here to take wedding photos and we saw several of them during our visit.
After the Interlaken area, we walked to the tea area, but there is not so much to see there. The lion dance performance is supposed to be good, but we missed it unfortunately (only at certain times of the day). After the tea area, we walked down towards the botanical garden via some interesting bridges and then it was already 17 o'clock and we had to leave. There is also a mono-rail train that runs through the park.
It's a big theme park, and there is quite a lot to see. Make sure you arrive early, so you got enough time to see everything and view the performances. Currently several parts of the park - including more exciting rides - are not open yet. Would I go there again? Probably not, but it was fun going there once. We only had to wait one time, to get into the train, but besides that, no queues at all.
How to get there?
It's a bit far away and most people seemed to go there with travel groups. You can take a bus to Dameisha though and walk to OCT East from there.
opening times: 9:30-18:30, or 9:00-19:00 if it is a holiday or a festival.
tickets: 120-150RMB, tea show separate
Interlaken area, hard to believe this is China
lots of school children when we were there on a friday
Tea terraces and tradiational houses
Part of the park that is still under construction. This ride looks quite interesting; goes through the house and comes out the other side
view from the funicular (the steep train you take when you enter the park). In the distance is dameisha beach
Lots of couples have their wedding photos taken in OCT East.
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 April 2009 )|
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