The term waterpark in China is completely different than what we would call a waterpark in America. In the United States, a waterpark is an amusement park that features water slides, water playgrounds, wave pools, etc. While in China, a waterpark is literally a park where you can walk through, with bodies of water (ponds). The waterpark here in Tianjin does have a mini amusement park though, but with no water; I would compare the rides to the rides that would be at the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota. What I found most interesting about the amusement park were the purchasing of tickets for the rides. Instead of buying tickets or a wristband, we had to pay per ride. For instance, a ferris wheel would cost about 20 RMB and another ride may cost 15-30 RMB. The only way to purchase the ride is to buy them separately, and there are no deals or promotions if we were to purchase more than one. The girls and I spent an hour or two walking through the Tianjin waterpark and enjoying the scenery. Some went on a roller coaster ride while others enjoyed the environment there. By being a Saturday morning, the park was a bit crowded; there were many people dancing to music in the shade and some were even practicing Tai Chi. The Tianjin waterpark is a place where I would like to see in the later evening because it seems like a great area to gather with a bunch of friends and have fun.
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