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  1. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Overlay of the layout over the satellite imagery:








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    Wow so much construction progress! A 2018 completion actually sounds realistic!



    Source: https://goo.gl/maps/9Ug1fCbPHe22

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    On April 13, 2017 China Metallurgical Group Corporation announced that they had won the bid for the production, transportation and installation of the steel structure for Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean Park.

    Source: http://www.mcc.com.cn/mcc/_132154/_132568/459681/index.html

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    The lastest plan is to open on National Day 2018 which begins October 1 and ends October 3.

    Source: http://www.sohu.com/a/132577060_124720

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    Here's the first layout I've seen of what I believe is the current design of the park:



    The article that this layout is from says that the park will open in the "second half" of 2018 meaning that it'll probably open later than July, which was previously reported in a different article.

    Also, here are a couple of concept images showing two of the animal shows:





    Sources: http://www.ezok.cn/4a/4822235.html and http://s2.q4cdn.com/970590358/files/doc_presentations/%E5%85%AC%E5%8F%B8%E6%BC%94%E7%A4%BA%E6%9D%90%E6%96%992016.pdf

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    Groundwork is finally underway as of February 2017. I have no idea how this will be completed in 16 months ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Source: https://m.sohu.com/n/480773903/

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    In Polar Ocean World's plans, they are going to have a killer whale show/exhibit. Not only are having these animals in captivity controversial, but it's getting more and more difficult to import wild caught Russian killer whales into China. In this interesting post from Facebook, the poster shares the possibility that Polar Ocean World may already be in possession of 4 or 5 killer whales:

    My sources in China are telling me that Haichang Polar Ocean Park may already be in possession of four to five Russian orcas. The letter issued by China's Ministry of Agriculture on December 7(http://www.orcahome.de/chimelong.pdf) states that there were no orcas approved for importation by Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean World. So how could this be?
    First, Haichang Polar Ocean Park is a publicly traded company based in Hong Kong and incorporated in the Cayman Islands. It owns and operates China's largest chain of marine life parks. As such, the company owns numerous operating subsidiaries and holding companies. Haichang Ocean Park itself is majority owned by China's Dalian Haichang Group, an international conglomerate with more than a billion dollars in assets and subsidiaries ranging from shipping fleets to some of the top French wineries. Quite simply, when the request was sent about permits issued to Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean World, it was the wrong company to ask about. The orcas were likely imported under a different subsidiary name from within the huge Haichang umbrella of companies.
    Second, there may be something more devious going on with the Russian side of the transaction. This fantastic article (you'll need to run it through a translation program if not fluent in Russian) mentions the well known tale (at least in certain circles) of the three walrus pups that White Sphere/White Whale says it transfered to its dolphinarium in Yalta under government permits. Official records show all three animals died once there, even though they mysteriously appeared at the notorious Grandview Aquarium in Guangzhou, China, which earlier this year The Dodo labeled possibly the worst zoo in the world (I'm not a big Dodo fan, but I agree with them on this one).
    http://www.moscow-post.com/…/belyj_kit_osedlal_chernyj_ryn…/
    White Sphere/White Whale is currently Russia's largest player in the orca brokerage market. At least two of the three orcas at the Moskvarium and most, if not all, of the orcas at Chimelong are either owned or were sold by this company, which has strong ties to the Putin government. I have no reason to doubt that these additional orca may have been imported under the radar and through backdoor channels.and are not therefore "officially" in China.
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/finaldaysofwisdom/photos/a.503842069762165.1073741829.481579085321797/851498721663163/?type=3

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    Thank you CarlySX for sharing the new rendering and design group Facebook page

    I went through the Facebook page and found some more renderings that hadn't been posted to the thread (note that some are old and design plans might have changed since the renderings were originally posted on Facebook)










    Source: https://www.facebook.com/goddardgroup/

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    The Goddard Group shared another concept image from this park today. I still haven't seen any work taking place (going to go and try to find some) but apparently they are due to open in 2018.

    This breathtaking concept art by Christopher Smith depicts Haichang Polar Ocean World's RAINBOW FALLS land. The park, now under-construction near Shanghai, is anticipated to debut in 2018.


    Source: https://www.facebook.com/goddardgroup/photos/a.397242949332.173773.237234629332/10154091134344333/?type=1&theater

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