FILE PHOTO: The Chinese flag flies next to the flag of Universal Beijing Resort on August 27, 2021, before the resort opens in Beijing, China. Reuters / Tsingshu Wang / File photo
September 20, 2021
BEIJING (Reuters) – Universal Studios’ Beijing resort was set to open to the public on Monday after a 20-year wait, including delays due to COVID-19.
The long-awaited opening will come amid a serious fallout in recent years between the United States and China.
The park is the largest and fifth park in the world to be universal, located in the United States. It is also a first in Beijing, which has no bigger brand theme parks than Disney Resorts in Shanghai or Hong Kong.
And it is the first Universal Park to have a section dedicated to the movie “Kung Fu Panda” and it includes an area based on the popular Harry Potter series in China.
According to the Trip.com group, all 10,000 opening tickets available for pre-sale on September 14 sold out in 3 minutes.
However, many people have complained about the cost of tickets on social media. Ticket prices range from 418 yuan ($64.76) in low season to 748 yuan during peak hours.
“It is a long and rare time when an American-themed topic has received such explicit and widespread acclaim in China,” a nationalist tabloid published by the ruling Communist People’s Daily said. I wrote the Global Times last week.
According to China Daily, the resort was proposed 20 years ago by Beijing Tourism Group and is owned by Comcast Corp.’s Universal Parks and Resorts 30% and state-owned Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment 70%.
Qin Gang, the new Chinese ambassador to Washington, likened it to connecting the two countries on a roller coaster.
“After all the downs and downs, the roller coaster finally becomes a soft landing,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
Universal Studios announced the development of the resort in 2014, saying it would cost $3.3 billion at the time. In 2017, when the park opened, the CEO of Comcast https://www.attractionsmanagement.com/index.cfm?subID=0&pagetype=news&codeID=334757&dom=n&email=web&pub=AMe&date= was $1 billion annually. He said he can provide cash flow. ..
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(Reporting from the Beijing Newsroom, edited by Tony Munro and Christian Schmoringer)
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