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After 2 decades of preparation, Universal Studios opens in Beijing

After 20 years of preparation, Beijing Universal Studios is open to the public on September 20. The resort welcomes 10,000 visitors but within three hours of opening garbage can be seen everywhere.

The resort has been criticized by the Chinese media for not providing adequate garbage cans. But Chinese netizens commented in the report that while some Chinese people do not have the habit of dumping garbage in coconuts, all parks in mainland China deal with garbage problems.

“Before the communist regime, China was known as the ‘state of etiquette,'” China commentator Xia Xiaokiang told The Epoch Times. “Now, Chinese people around the world are notorious for rude behavior, such as throwing rubbish on the ground, not using toilets, and hanging out loud in temples and churches.”

Visitors line up on September 20, 2021 to enter the Universal Beijing Resort as the Universal Studio Theme Park in Beijing, China. (Florence Law / Reuters)

Universal Beijing Resort, the fifth largest in the world, the first branded theme park in the Chinese capital and the first universal park with a section dedicated to the movie “Kung Fu Panda”. In addition to the new resorts, China has two Disneylands, one in Shanghai and the other in Hong Kong.

The Universal Beijing Resort is limited to accepting 10,000 visitors per day, according to the regime’s COVID-19 policy. According to Chinese media Travel Daily, tickets for the first day sold out within a minute of being sold out and all hotel rooms at the resort were booked within 30 minutes. This hot sale contradicts criticism from some Chinese media who say that entry tickets were too expensive.

According to state media Beijing Youth, resort tickets are 418 yuan ($ 65) in winter, 528 yuan ($ 82) in spring and autumn, 638 yuan ($ 99) for most of the summer, and 748 yuan ($ 116) for the public holidays and maximum summer.

Wait two decades

From the establishment of its first office in November 2001 to the opening day of the resort on September 20, the Universal Beijing Resort Project has changed its design several times to meet the Chinese government’s request, while its opening day has had to be postponed worldwide.

When the park opened its doors on Monday, excited tourists did not object to the storm warning, crowding at the entrance to wait their turn to enter the park.

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Visitors enter the Universal Beijing Resort
Visitors enter the Universal Beijing Resort on September 20, 2021 as the Universal Studio Theme Park in Beijing, China. (Florence Law / Reuters)

Just 15 minutes after opening, there was already 90 minutes to wait for the park’s “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride.

“We really want to enjoy this resort,” Pai Tintian, a 2-year-old Beijing resident, told Reuters at the entrance to the resort on September 20. Here (pointing to his young male partner) really likes Harry Potter.

“When it comes to Universal Studios, we’re all big fans of Marvel movies,” he added.

Another Chinese tourist, Ada Xu, told the Associated Press on Monday, “I am very happy, very excited, hopefully we will have a good time and not spend too much time in Qatar.”

Benefits

According to state media reports, Universal Studios’ Beijing project will bring economic benefits to China.

The Chinese state tabloid Global Times quoted Yang Lei, deputy director of the Tongzhou District Government of Beijing, as saying that the expected annual revenue from Universal Studios Beijing Resort would be 10 billion yuan ($ 1.55 billion).

“With the launch of Universal Beijing Resort, customers will have access to more than 3,100 restaurants, hotels and entertainment facilities, creating 11,000 jobs (excluding resorts) that year,” Young said.

The report notes that the opening of the resort was a major achievement in China’s foreign affairs due to the current challenges in US-China relations.

The Chinese News Service reported on September 20 that the resort would create jobs in Beijing, generate the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and boost the region’s economy.

Dai Bin, director of the China Tourism Research Institute, told the News Service that the resort, like cardiotonics for the Chinese tourism and cultural industry, has a flow over other service industry facilities.

Universal Beijing Resort is 30 percent owned by Comcast Corporation’s Universal Parks and Resorts and 70 percent owned by the state-owned Beijing Shohuan Cultural Tourism Investment.

Nicole Hao

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Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter who focuses on China-related issues. Prior to joining Epoch Media Group in July 200, he worked as a Global Product Manager for a railway business in Paris, France.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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