If you like circus performances then the Chimelong International Circus in Guangzhou is one place you should visit. Featuring a large cast of international performers and animals, this is a treat for all kids and the kid in all of us.
The International Circus is located in Chimelong Tourist Resort which consists of the Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Bird Park and a golf centre. So if you really want to enjoy the various parks, you’d probably have to stay over a few days. For ourselves, we only spent time at the Safari Park before catching the show at the International Circus.
Besides taking a taxi or Didi ride there which is not expensive, you can take the subway or public bus. The subway station to get off is Hangxi-Chinglong Station, and taking Exit E to the Chimelong Bus Station where free shuttle buses ferry you to the park.
The Safari Park
This is basically a zoo, but one which offers safari rides. And to me it seems like they also have the largest collection of white tigers and albino lions.
After getting your tickets at the front entrance, you are free to enter the park. Tickets are separate for each park, so you have to decide which park you want to visit. There are also different combinations of package prices depending on which attractions interest you the most.
We only got tickets for the Safari Park since that was probably more interesting compared to the Bird Park. If you have your own vehicle, you can drive through the safari yourself. And we did see several families who drove their own cars or chartered a taxi to drive them through the park.
The Safari Park is really big and if you want to visit all the exhibits you should get there in the morning. We arrived late and did not have time to see the pandas as the park was closing.
Chimelong International Circus
From the Safari Park, there are free shuttle buses that will bring you to the International Circus. There is only 1 performance a day which starts at 7.30pm and lasts for around 90 minutes.
Chimelong Tourist Resort is a great place in Guangzhou to bring your kids if you are travelling with your family. Although, not Disneyland exactly, it’s a fun place to spend your time in an otherwise commercial city.