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Real Madrid adds luster to China's wannabe 'Orlando' tourist hub

09/18/2017| 11:06:45 AM|

Spanish soccer club Real Madrid recently announced it would open an interactive "virtual reality" complex in Hengqin, an island dubbed by some as China’s answer to Florida's Orlando.

Spanish soccer club, Real Madrid, announced last week they would open an interactive "virtual reality" complex in Hengqin, in partnership with Hong Kong-listed developer, Lai Sun Group.

Just a stone's throw across a narrow waterway from the world's largest gambling hub Macau, Hengqin, a former oyster farming island, is being transformed into China's newest tourism haven.

Dubbed by some as China's answer to Florida's Orlando — a global tourist magnet with its cluster of major theme parks — Hengqin has seen property prices more than double over the past two years.

While still a dusty mass of construction sites, Hengqin now draws millions annually to its anchor attraction, the "Chimelong Ocean Kingdom" theme park, with a slew of hotel, malls and sprawling residential developments being built nearby.

The 12,000-square metre venue, set to open in 2021, will include virtual reality entertainment and a museum showcasing the club's history.

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