Shanghai is set to add yet another superlative to the city's accolades, with plans announced to build the world’s
largest indoor ski park in Pudong.
The ‘Frozen World’ project (no connection with the Disney
film, sadly) is set to cover an area of 2.13 million square metres and cost an
estimated 25 billion RMB. Along with claiming to be the world’s largest indoor ski resort, reports say the park will also include ice
sculptures, a 124-metre-wide ski
slope, ice skating area, rock climbing, ice climbing, ski training for kids
and a theatre built on ice, where visitors can watch ice ballet and other
different kinds of shows. Opening isn't scheduled until 2019, so put your excitement on, er, ice.
The plan is also to open up the resort as a site for Olympic
training and racing in the future.
Assuming the plan reaches completion, the resort could be the perfect place to hide out from the scorching Shanghai summers. But we sense a little tension between the developers, who say they are offering the world's 'biggest' indoor ski slope, and plans unveiled this week for the world's 'longest' ski slope in Dubai. There could be a fight brewing in the chilly air.
Undeterred by the fact that Shanghai's previous indoor ski slope, in Minhang district, shut down years ago, two Shanghai-based developers signed the framework agreement with Singapore’s Gao Hong Group this week. Keep your eyes peeled for more details emerging over the coming months.
It’s going to be a busy few years for Shanghai’s resort
lovers. Aside from the much-publicised Disneyland, the 300,000 sq m Shanghai Polar Ocean World is planned to be completed
in Pudong’s Lingang, which will feature a marine park, three cinemas and twelve exhibition halls, and cost around 3 billion RMB.
Meanwhile Legoland is scheduled to open next year (although this is bucking the trend
by offering up a ‘Mini Legoland’), and Hello Kitty World opened this year in nearby Zhejiang.