Whales and polar bears are to feature at the brand new Wuxi Changqiao Ocean Kingdom in Hongshan, Wuxi, East China.

The 185,000 square metre Wuxi Changqiao Ocean Kingdom will be the largest ocean park in the region.

Costing 3 billion yuan ($435 million), the facility will feature a centre for killer whales, a circus troupe, family recreation parks and resort hotels.

It will reportedly house over 1,000 species of fish and marine animals including killer whales (orca), white whales (beluga), pilot whales, polar bears and emperor penguins.

The news comes just as the park board of Vancouver has voted to ban the city’s aquarium from keeping cetaceans in captivity.

Wuxi Changqiao Ocean Kingdom is being developed by Hangzhou Changqiao Investment Group. The group has been an ocean park operator for over 20 years. Its portfolio of attractions includes Hangzhou Changqiao Polar Ocean Park, Zhengzhou Polar Ocean World and Nanchang Ocean Park.

Last year, Wuxi played host to the 2016 World Internet of Things Expo. So, it is expected that the park will fully integrate IoT technology in its facilities, services, and exhibitions.

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