A few random concept images that weren't previously posted in this thread. They're from around June 2016:
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The Goddard Group are out in China working on the Forest Resort.
Exciting things are underway at Chimelong where an A-team of Goddard Group designers are hard at work on the upcoming FOREST KINGDOM theme park!
Our Founder & Chairman, Gary Goddard, is on-site in Qingyuan, China for the groundbreaking ceremony of one of our new theme park projects with our partners from 長隆旅遊度假區 Chimelong!
Tons of details and new renderings have been released for the theme park part of Chimelong Qingyuan Forest Resort:
- Ground breaking took place on December 28, 2016
- The first phase is opening in 2019
The entrance plaza will be the largest in the world, covering 100 hectares
The theme park will feature a landmark 88 meter tall giraffe-themed castle that'll be the tallest building at a theme park in the world
The theme park will have the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world at 5 hectares
The theme park will have four resorts for a total of 3500 rooms with each being themed to a particular animal - giraffe, elephant, rhino, and zebra. Guests of the resorts will have views of the animals in the African Savanna at the theme park
We've got the location of the resort as a whole now thanks to these government documents: http://www.qyup.gov.cn/qysghj/fags/201611/e6e7e08d09d045d1a9d9c471d8be4d61.shtml
^The star indicates the animal holding facility that is already actively holding animals (such as elephants) that will eventually be at the theme park
^All areas within the grey dashed lines are considered part of the resort, not necessarily the theme park itself
I'm still researching where the theme park area of the resort is specifically…
Chimelong Qingyuan Forest Resort will include a waterpark. Based on translations, the waterpark will feature a "several hundred meter" long slide that goes through the forest, an infinity wave pool, and a large lazy river/river rapid type ride, and some kind of "water show."
I'm getting closer to pinpointing the exact location of this theme park! Twenty four elephants have been imported from Africa to a temporary facility in Qingyuan (the same city in which the theme park is to be located). The photo displayed below shows some of the elephants at this Qingyuan facility.
From the photo I was able to locate the elephant facility on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/MKAJuWFEHjG2
Now looking north west on Google Maps I see nearby what I BELIEVE to be the location of the actual theme park mainly because of the significant amount of land clearing (and it fits the location described by Chimelong as to where the theme park would be located). Notice the location of that to compared to the newly located elephant facility. Coincidence? I think not…
Source of top photo: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150716-zimbabwe-elephants-china-wildlife-trade-zoos-animal-cruelty/