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China opens vast immersive theatre complex with 21 stages

Unique Henan – Land of Drama, an enormous immersive theatre complex with 21 stages, opened in China’s Henan province on June 6.

unique henan land of drama

Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan province, has opened the largest immersive theatre complex in the world, known as Unique Henan – Land of Drama.

Unique Henan – Land of Drama is designed as a self-guided maze and comprises 56 courtyards, 21 theatres, 800 actors, 700 show minutes, a hotel and themed F&B.

The attraction, which took four years to complete, covers an area of 41 hectares and received an investment of 6 billion yuan ($926 million).

Unique Henan – Land of Drama

Land of Drama is the largest attraction of its kind in the world, putting on more than 30 shows with 800 performers and up to 10,000 viewers.

According to Where Zhengzhou, the complex is “based on the Yellow River civilization, it is to showcase the charm of drama culture through immersive performances themed on land, food and inheritance”.

Zhengzhou is already home to attractions such as Zhengzhou Fantawild Adventure, opened in 2012, and Zhengzhou Fantawild Water Park, launched in 2014.

Both parks are part of the Zhengzhou Fantawild Resort, which also includes Zhengzhou Fantawild Dreamland and the Fantawild Holiday Hotel. It is managed by Fantawild Holdings, which operates a total of 28 parks.

$926m theatre complex in Zhengzhou

OCT Group also operates eight Happy Valley theme parks across China and is developing a new park in Zhengzhou. OCT’s park portfolio includes Window of the World, OCT East and Splendid China.

Meanwhile, Puy du Fou is accelerating its international expansion in China with an immersive €76m show called Saga, scheduled to debut in Shanghai in 2022.

“We are proud that our new Saga concept is coming to Shanghai, China as a world first, thanks to our Chinese partners,” said Nicolas de Villiers, president of Puy du Fou.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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