Ripley’s Odditorium coming to China

Construction has started on a mixed-use and entertainment complex in northeast China that will feature a water park and the country’s first Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.

Harbin Paradise Park will be located in Harbin in the Heilongjiang province. Developed by Shanghai Xian Dai/Arcplus Group, it is hoped the complex will become a major local and regional entertainment destination in the city.

ITEC Entertainment is providing master planning and concept design for the Ripley’s Believe it or Not aspect of the development. The company’s services will include attraction identity and story treatments to be delivered and experienced throughout the attractions’ rides, exhibits, displays, branding and activities.

The water park, Rainforest Bay Aqua Park, will be a multi-story indoor park with pools and caverns, cabanas and multiple slides, zip lines and elevated activity gazebos. There will also be a retail sector in the complex with nearly a mile of storefronts inspired by world continents.

ITEC President, Bill Coan said: “ITEC Entertainment is grateful for the longstanding relationship we have had with the legendary Ripley Entertainment brand.

“That trust combined with the strength of our joint venture partnership with Shanghai Xian Dai/Arcplus Group will ensure a thrilling and rewarding guest experience.”

Rainforest Bay Aqua Park and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction areas are slated for a 2019 opening.