Chinese Theme Parks

They seem rather boring.

In July 2001, Jennifer Hubbert, a China anthropologist at Lewis & Clark, and Maram Epstein, a scholar of Ming-Qing literature at the University of Oregon, toured a number of historical theme parks in the People’s Republic of China. Three of the theme parks we visited, “Old Beijing,” “Grand Prospect Garden” at a park dedicated to the novel Dream of the Red Chamber, and “The Eight Wonders of the Ancient World,” are commercial. Others, such as the “Matriarchal Clan Village” at Banpo and the “Yan’an Revolutionary History Park” were constructed under the aegis of the local government. The imposing “Ethnic Minorities Theme Park, still under construction, is under the sponsorship of the Central Government.