Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, the Chinese developer Haichang’s flagship property, has been named “2021’s Most Popular Attraction” at this year’s China Cultural Tourism Innovation and Development Forum. At the ceremony, which was held last month in Langfang, China, Haichang also received awards for its leadership and Social Responsibility initatives.
Designed by Hollywood-based Legacy Entertainment, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the 73-acre marine life park has been a strong performer since its debut in 2018, drawing over 3,000,000 visitors a year prior to the pandemic.
This latest recognitions add to the past awards bestowed upon the park. In 2020, the Golden Crown Awards named Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park “Outstanding Themed Land Park,” “Outstanding Family Entertainment Center,” and “Outstanding Social Media Famous Tourist Attraction.” Prior to that, the project had been named “Best Theme Park” by China’s largest theme park organization, CAAPA (Chinese Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions).
“There are few things more challenging to build and operate well than a marine life theme park,” says Taylor Jeffs, Legacy Entertainment’s President and Chief Creative Officer. “The continued recognition of the Haichang team will hopefully serve as an inspiration to owners and operators all around the world.”
Later during this year will see the opening of two all-new aquarium complexes designed by Legacy Entertainment, including the Chimelong Marine Science Park. Located in Zhuhai, China, the 4,000,000-square foot park will serve as a second gate to the popular Chimelong Ocean Kingdom next door. Legacy is also set to make a splash with the firm’s first project in Vietnam — the Sea Shell aquarium located within the new VinWonders Theme Park on Phu Quoc Island.