LA-based experience design firm The Goddard Group has been working closely with Chimelong over the last year.
This represents phase one of Yinzhan Zone, just one three zones which will make up the Qingyuan Chimelong International Forest Resort. It is due to open in 2019 as a part of Chimelong’s 30th-anniversary celebrations.
Two highlights of the park will be the 88-meter high “Giraffe Castle” (above) and a huge aviary, set to be the world’s biggest with a footprint of 5 hectares. Four themed hotels (giraffe, elephant, rhinoceros and zebra) will accommodate up to 3, 500 visitors.
In support of Chimelong’s development in Qingyuan the construction of the maglev train system will be expedited. This 10 billion Yuan project will be completed by late 2018. This enhancement of the transportation system will provide great support for the success of the Qingyuan Chimelong International Forest Resort. The first 8km (of the total 30km) to be developed will start at Yinzhan Station in Quangdong, Qingyuan and end at the new resort.
The design of the new resort is a departure from the standard theme park model. The park will benefit from and utilise the topography and landscape to create three distinct zones. These will be Yinzhan Zone, Yingju Zone and Huaqiao Farm Zone.
The initial concepts for the Yinzhan Zone released by Chimelong, give a tantalising glimpse of a unique attraction.
To date, many animals have already made the Yinzhan Zone their home. These include elephants, giraffes, and antelopes. Once the second and third phases of construction have been completed the zone will incorporate a breeding and research institution. Plans are also in place for the park to become an important hub for the conservation of the South China Tiger.
The Yinzhan zone is the biggest of the three zones. Styled as a forest and animal theme park, it will boast a “super-scale forest resort” and hotels clusters.
A highlight of the Qingyuan Chimelong International Forest Resort will be the 100-hectare entrance plaza. In the center of this will be a 30-meter high “Animals United” sculpture. This is not dissimilar to the iconic 20-meter high stingray sculpture at the entrance of Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. Like the stingray, the sculpture will deliver an instant impact and welcome to visitors arriving at the park.
Adjacent to the entrance plaza will be a 280, 000m2 car park for up to 4, 500 cars. A 20, 000m2 retail and entertainment zone will feature live entertainment together with restaurants bars, cinemas, and shopping.
The 3, 000-hectare phase 1 of the forest resort will be completed in three years. Its iconic 88 meters “Giraffe Castle” will become the tallest building inside a theme park in the world. Furthermore, the 5-hectare aviary (top image) will also be the world’s largest.
A “Forest Train” will take visitors through the resort, allowing them to get close to the animals. There will also be large-scale forest-themed multi-media shows. With Giraffe Castle taking a central role, these will employ state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Finally, visitors to Qingyuan Chimelong International Forest Resort can also look forward to parades, a 5D theatre experience and a large-scale cartoon park.
The four-hotel cluster will house an international conference and exhibition center.
Finally, a huge water park is also planned along the water boundary surrounding the Yinzhan zone.