Saturday, April 10, 2021

Wanda Xishuangbanna International Resort Opens featuring Company’s First Outdoor Theme Park

Beijing, China — Wanda Xishuangbanna International Resort, located in Jinghong in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, occupies an area of 5.3 square kilometers and is Wanda’s third major domestic tourism project, having received a total joint investment of RMB16 billion makes this the largest investment in a cultural and tourism project in Southwest China, and is proud to hold the highest levels of quality in the region. The resort includes a world-class outdoor theme park, a first-class international stage show, luxury resort hotels, a lakeside bar street, a Wanda Plaza, and the only first-rate international hospital in Xishuangbanna.

Xishuangbanna Wanda Theme Park is Wanda’s first world-class outdoor theme park, with strong local cultural characteristics from Xishuangbanna. The theme park boasts five major sections – Butterfly Kingdom, Jungle Adventure, Ancient Tea Horse Road, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Water Park – and feature alongside spectacular performances that beautifully incorporate local culture, such as the ice musical “Princess Butterfly”, the carnival parade “Princess Peacock”, and the water stunt show “The Mermaid”. The park features 27 large recreational facilities that have achieved a number of records in China, and some have also broken records in Asia. The speed roller coaster is the only roller coaster in Asia that runs through a rainforest, and the 45 -meter-high water roller coaster, with a speed of 100/mph, is the tallest and fastest in Asia. The park also houses Asia’s largest artificial wave pool, complete with a 4,600 square meter beach and the ability  to create a 2.5 meter high wave, and the “Sky Shuttle” achieves a vertical drop of 60 meters and offers visitors an experience of weightlessness.

RMB2 billion was invested towards constructing the 1200 seat capacity Dai Show Theatre. The theatre building was designed by the late Mark Fischer, a renowned architect whose previous appointments include having served as the artistic director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games, Guangzhou Asian Games and London Olympic Games. The theatre is shaped like a bamboo hat, an embodiment of unique Dai culture, and has already gained landmark status in Xishuangbanna. The Dai Show performance, orchestrated by one of the world’s top theatre directors, Mr. Franco Dragone, blends together a mixture of Xishuangbanna culture, stunt performances and high-tech stage facilities to create an unrivaled international theatrical performance.

The resort area consists of one six-star hotel and two four-star hotels, offering 1050 guest rooms and 1500 beds.

“These facilities are poised to revolutionize tourism in Yunnan as a whole and elevate the standard of tourism in Xishuangbanna and the region to unprecedented heights,” said Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group. “The landmark project heralds the transition and transformation of Yunnan tourism, and will absolutely become the new gold standard, a new representative, and a new calling card for tourism in the region.  Tourism is a key developing industry in Wanda’s fourth transformation, and we intend to become the largest travel company around the world, with 200 million tourists and realize a revenue of RMB100 billion within five years. Wanda breaks through traditional business models to create its unique products, and has built a complete tourism industry chain to realize the perfect integration of online and offline. And as the only national high-tech enterprise engaged in domestic planning and design, Wanda Cultural Tourism Planning & Research Institute has the capacity to continuously research high-tech cultural tourism products. We are very confident that we can maintain a high level of tourist traffic and establish the resort as a brand new travel destination in China, and even the world.”

Xishuangbanna Resort Grand Opening Speech by Wang Jianlin

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Distinguished Governor of Yunnan Mr. Chen Hao, ladies and gentlemen:

As we reach the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival, Xishuangbanna Resort welcomes you to its grand opening ceremony. First of all, let me begin by offering warm greetings and my sincere gratitude for your attendance here today!

Xishuangbanna Resort is Wanda’s third major domestic tourism project and occupies 5.3 square kilometers. The resort’s total investment of RMB15 billion makes this the largest investment in a cultural and tourism project in Southwest China, and is proud to hold the highest levels of quality in the region. The resort is comprised of a large world-class theme park that draws on local characteristics, a first-class international stage show, high-end hotels, a lakeside bar street, a Wanda Plaza, and the only first-class hospital in Xishuangbanna. These facilities are set to revolutionize Yunnan tourism and raise its standard of tourism in Xishuangbanna and the region to unprecedented heights. The landmark project heralds the transition and upgrade of Yunnan tourism, and will absolutely become the new gold standard, a new representative, and a new calling card for tourism in the region.

Tourism is a key developing industry in Wanda’s fourth transformation, and in five years, we intend to become the largest travel company around the world. Wanda breaks through traditional business models to create its unique products, and has built a complete tourism industry chain to realize the perfect integration of online and offline. And as the only national high-tech enterprise in domestic planning and design, Wanda Cultural Tourism Planning & Research Institute has the capacity to continuously research high-tech cultural tourism products. For this reason, we are very confident that we can maintain a high level of tourist traffic and establish the resort as a brand new travel destination in China, and even the world.

Xishuangbanna Resort is a brand new challenge for Wanda. We’ve experienced countless hardships and overcome many difficulties during its four years of construction to get to where we are today, to witness its fantastic opening. On behalf of Dalian Wanda Group, I would like to express heartfelt thanks to the Yunnan provincial government, the Xishuangbanna government, the Jinghong municipal government and the other functional departments at all levels, for their great support! I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to all of our partners who participated in this project, and may I extend my special thanks to the Wanda team, who are responsible for construction and operations. You’ve made an incredible contribution to this project. Thank you all!

Dalian Wanda Group also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Yunnan Province today. Wanda will invest RMB95 billion to develop 19 Wanda Plazas, and will also build more innovative and high-tech cultural tourism projects in Kunming, with total investment reaching RMB130 billion. Wanda will make further contributions to the development of Yunnan, especially its tourism industry.

Tomorrow is the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival in China. On behalf of Dalian Wanda Group, I would like to wish you a happy holiday and a joyous family reunion!

Thank you!

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