Asia-Pacific Quick Takes | January/February
Virtual Reality Fun at Happy Valley Tianjin
Theme park enthusiasts at Happy Valley Tianjin can now enjoy an immersive, multisensory virtual reality journey inside the park’s XD Motion Cinema. Located an hour and a half southeast of Beijing and situated in the park’s Viking Harbor land, the 60-seat theater, designed by Canada’s Triotech, integrates 3D stereoscopic graphics and visual effects.
The Tianjin theater is the ninth Triotech cinema purchased by Happy Valley’s parent company, the Overseas Chinese Town Group (OCT). It is a popular offering, thanks to its high hourly throughput and broad family appeal. Triotech also offers a library of more than 40 films—including bur-rowing into haunted mines, speedy hover chases, and a journey through the center of the earth—enabling parks like Happy Valley to rotate content on a regular basis, providing fresh attractions for returning guests.
To Hell and Back: A Museum Experience in Singapore
Razeen Chan, director for research and consultancy with Singapore History Consultants and Journeys Tours and Travel Services, compares the Mexican Day of the Dead with the Chinese Ghost Month in the newly opened Hell’s Museum.
The SG$1.8 million project, situated inside Singapore’s Haw Par Villa, is billed as the “only attraction in the world dedicated to death and the afterlife.” Haw Par Villa, formerly known as Tiger Balm Garden, is widely known for its depiction of the Ten Courts of Hell, a series of dioramas built after World War II, which present graphic representations of sins and punishments in the afterlife.
Hell’s Museum builds on this tradition, but also showcases comparative insights of how death and the afterlife are viewed across religions, cultures, and time. Journeys, which was appointed in 2015 by the Singapore government to operate Haw Par Villa, plans to invest more in the park over the next few years.