China takes VR entertainment to theme park level
Oriental Science Fiction Valley park, China’s first VR theme park, 'will change the entire tourism structure of Guizhou province as well as China’s southwest,' its CEO Jianli told Reuters.
The Oriental Science Fiction Valley park is China’s first VR theme park, created to leverage on the huge demand for VR experiences which could form a market worth as much as RMB 55.6 billion (USD 8.4 billion) by 2020, according to research by CCID think tank. The park is set to open by February 2018.
“After our attraction opens, it will change the entire tourism structure of Guizhou province as well as China’s southwest,” CEO Jianli said to Reuters.
Giant robots and jagged cyberpunk castles have been built into the sides of the lush Guiyang outskirts, the capital of one of China’s poorest provinces. Farmers once concerned about the potential pollution of such a development have largely embraced the potential economic gains that could be made through tourism.
Tourists will be able to experience 35 different virtual reality attractions, such as bungee jumping from atop the shoulders of giant robots, to first-person-shooter games, and virtual roller coasters that propel you through the galaxies and Guiyang’s landscapes.
While the park claims to be the first of its kind, the United States and Japan already feature VR-based attractions that have become popular among consumers and video gamers. Denmark is currently home to one of the world’s first VR cinemas, while hundreds of similar sites have cropped up across China.
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