21. Splash around in a waterpark
Every summer a flashy new waterpark opens in the Shanghai area, or at least it seems so from the adverts hitting metros and billboards around town. Not that we’re complaining; pool time is very welcome when the weather’s humid and sweltering. Head to Dino Beach in Minhang for its wave pool (the biggest in Asia) and numerous water slides. For somewhere less crowded, check out Sheshan’s loosely Mayan-themed Playa Maya centre or take the one-hour train trip to Hangzhou for its Paradise Park, a water and traditional theme park all rolled into one.
Dino Beach 78 Xinzhen Lu, near Gudai Lu (6478 3333). Hongxin Lu Station. Open 9am-10pm daily. 180-220RMB for adults, 150-180RMB for children. Free for children who are under 80cm.
Playa Maya 888 Linhu Lu, near Linyin Avenue. Sheshan Station. Open 9.30am-9pm daily. 220RMB for adults, 150RMB for children. Free for children under 120cm.
Paradise Park 2555 Fengqing Avenue, near Xiubo Lu, Hangzhou district (571 8288 0333; songcn.com). Open
10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-5pm Sat & Sun. 190RMB for adults, 120RMB for children. Free for children under 120cm.