Though often called Shuishang Water Park, this urban park does not fall into the typical amusement park category. Also known by the name of Shuishang Leyuan Amusement Park, it is one of Tianjin’s main tourist attractions. The name Tianjin translates to ‘the place where the emperor crossed the river’ and it is one of the four municipalities in China. There is much in the way of natural beauty to behold in the area of Tainjin, accommodation choices also leave visitors spoilt for choice. Plenty of lush greenery and scenic waterways weave through the metropolis, amidst the bustling city life. Somerset Youyi Tianjin, is a centrally located hotel with easy access to public transport and one can enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful city while in house.
Shuishang Water Park, a mere five minutes from the hotel, is made up of five islands: Chun Islet, Xia Islet, Qiu Islet, Dong Islet and Ying Islet and three lakes: East Lake, West Lake and South Lake. Both Chinese and international architectural styles have been used in the construction of the pavilions, pagodas and bridges that adorn the gardens. Visitors can move between islands using row boats or high speed water shuttles. Horticulturists will be particularly interested in the seasonal flower shows, tulips in spring and chrysanthemums in autumn. The amusement park section of the park holds delights for younger visitors, including a giant ferris wheel.
The location of the park was once known as Green Dragon Pond and its history dates back to the first century AD. The area was known for its abundance of flora and natural ecosystems. The lakes became popular for swimming in the early nineteenth century, Tianjin Water Park was officially opened to the public as an attraction in 1951 and in 2009 it was transformed into the park it is today.
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