Update on the Hui Theme Park

A number of news outlets have been giving updates on the new Hui Cultural Theme Park that was recently opened in China. From the looks of it, it has not become as popular as the government had expected. Here is a relevant excerpt from a news story at NBC.

“Coming here could help Arab people to know Chinese culture,” Ma Guojing told NBC News. The local teacher was one of the few people willing to navigate the grime and heavy equipment during a recent visit.

The parking lot was virtually empty, and ticket prices had been reduced from about $12 to $9. A booth attendant said the price cut was because of the ongoing construction.

Many of the attractions, such as the Arabian-themed dance and laser show, are either yet to be built or have been closed.

Beyond the lavish domed main gate, visitors are diverted along a path past a small temporary museum and a deserted restaurant to where dancers at the Hui “model village” sit waiting for an audience.

Image: Hui dancers before a performance at China Hui Culture Park
Hui dancers before a performance at China Hui Culture Park. Janis Mackey Frayer / NBC News

“Tourists come from all over the country, even the world to learn about Hui culture,” one folk singer said.

However, only two people watched the subsequent 20-minute performance.

Visitors wanting to take a look at the opulent Golden Palace, designed to give visitors the experience of visiting a mosque, had to cross a stretch of churned earth busy with backhoes and dump trucks.

Park officials would not comment on ticket sales, but stressed they expect to see a million visitors a year once the expansion is complete.

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