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Nimitz Replica - Orient Green Boat Theme Park

Qingpu District, halfway between Hongqiao in Shanghai and Suzhou, is located west of metropolitan Shanghai and close to Zhejiang and Jiangsu, Qingpu. With its prime location and the highway to Suzhou and Hangzhou passing through, Qingpu once again was staking its claim to fame. The original port of Shanghai, Qinglong Harbor, started in Qingpu some 1,000 years ago during the Song Dynasty.

A quarter of the district is a body of water and in comparison, Qingpu's Dianshan Lake is 10 times the size of Westlake in Hanzhou. Dianshan Lake, the source of Shanghai's mother river, the Huangpu River. Around the lake are a number of tourist scenic areas, all complete in tourist facilities. Among the tourist areas is the famous waterside town Zhujiajiao.

The Orient Green Boat after-school camp for youngsters, by Dianshan Lake, occupies an area of 380 hectares (including water surface). The camp consisted of 8 major areas, namely, the areas of Knowledge Boulevard, Bravery and Wisdom, Education on National Defense, Challenge to Survival, Scientific Exploration, Water Sports, Sports Training and Practice in Living. The "military education center" within the park features a large "live-size model" of an aircraft carrier.[Source] While the features of the vessel are lifesize, it is only about 725 feet long, whereas an actual American super-carrier would be about 1,000 feet long.

The 5,000-hectare campsite offered the Global Village, accommodation for up to 4,000 students, where the hostels built reflected the architecture and culture of 36 countries. Sports facilities, a boulevard of 160 statues of world-famous personalities could also be found there. It was the largest sculpture park in the world at the time.

About one hour west of Shanghai, the "Paris of the Orient," lies Zhouzhuang, the "Venice of the Orient." Zhouzhuang is one of the most famous water townships in China. Zhouzhuang is surrounded by rivers as Nanbeichi, Houxiang, Youcheyang and Zhongshi. It is situated in Kunshan City, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Suzhou in the south of Jiangsu Province, in the middle of the Yangtze Delta bordering on Shanghai in the east. Zhouzhuang is noted for profound cultural background, well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs, Zhouzhuang is severely touristy. It is one of the country's best-preserved ancient waterway towns, now a sort of Disneyland for Chinese tourists. In the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), Zhouzhuang was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. The majority of structures hail from the Yuan, Qing and Ming dynasties. Zhouzhuang / Tong Li is a day trip from Shanghai out to a traditional Chinese style small canal town. Tong Li is 20 minutes away. Zhouzhuang was described as a little more touristy than Tong Li.

By 2013 the lookalike of China's aircraft carrier in Shandong province had been abandoned, leaving the multimillion investment nothing but concrete rubble. The giant building, a full-size replica of USS Enterprise, was designed as an entertainment complex in Binzhou, carrying the ambitions of the unknown coastal city. A total of about 120 million yuan had been thrown into the project since the construction started in 2003. Five years later it opened for business as the iconic landmark of the city.

The money-burning project was contracted to government-backed companies, including an entertainment company which runs the complex. Ji Zaizhen, former deputy chief of the local tourism department, is a senior executive of the company now, according to China Youth Daily. The local government offered preferential policies to attract retailers, making the complex a popular leisure spot among curious locals during holidays. The building started to lose its charm in 2010 when the local government they had shifted their attention to other projects and the curiosity from the locals faded.

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