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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-11-30 10:56


> China's theme parks increase in revenue and development
盈利同比增长15.29% 最新中国主题乐园竞争力评价报告出炉!

A mechanical horse created by Xiao Di is featured in a parade at a theme park in Chengdu, Sichuan province, to entertain tourists. [Photo/China Daily]


The eighty theme parks received a total of 75.74 million visits last year in the Chinese mainland with the revenue totaling 15.36 billion yuan, an increase of 15.29 percent from a year earlier, the news portal The Paper reported last week.


The news portal cited the latest report from Institute for Theme Studies in China, saying that the Chinese mainland has 82 theme parks that are within the standard of large or extra-large theme park in 2022; and 80 theme parks were included in the research report, an increase of ten from the figure in 2021.


Universal Studios Beijing and Shanghai Disneyland were the most attractive and profitable theme parks, with Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, Zhuhai's Chimelong Ocean Kingdom and Beijing Happy Valley completing the the top five.


The number of the theme parks in the Chinese mainland is showing an uptrend, and the proportion of domestic brand theme parks accounted for more than a half in 2022, said Lin Huanjie, president of Institute for Theme Studies in China.


The domestic theme park is forming an "industrial chain"; some domestic theme parks such as Fantawild, Happy Valley and Haichang Ocean Park have gradually paid attention to brand expansion and development, as well as gradually formed the connection between various theme parks in China's eastern, central and western regions to improve brand construction, Lin said.


In addition, more newly domestic intellectual properties are appearing in the theme parks, and the shaping of the domestic intellectual properties will raise the upper limit for domestic theme park development, as well as increase the consumer re-visit rate to these theme parks, Lin added.

> Why do snow leopards survive in cold and high conditions?

A snow leopard is captured prowling the terrain in the Wolong area of the Giant Panda National Park in Sichuan province in 2019. [Photo/China Daily]


How do the mysterious snow leopards survive in the cold mountains?


It turns out that every physical feature of the “King of the Snowy Mountains” helps them with the cold.


Listed as a vulnerable species, there are at least 4,500 snow leopards in China, making up more than half the species’ global population.


Their short ears reduce heat loss.


A shallow nasal cavity warms the air before it reaches the cat’s lungs.


Their jaws can open wider than 70 degrees, making it easier for them to eat larger prey, including bharal, ibex and white-lipped deer.


Their long, thick tail is roughly the same length as its body.


The tail can also act as a blanket or scarf, covering the animal’s mouth and nose when it lies down.


Snow leopard fur is 20 times denser than human hair.


China is home to the animal’s key habitat, which comprises about 1.1 million square kilometers.


The snow leopard’s natural habitat is in the mountains, at altitudes between 2,000 meters and 5,000 meters.


Snow leopards are regarded as barometers of high mountain ecosystems.


When the population declines, it likely indicates that the local ecosystem is under pressure or being damaged.


The snow leopard’s core distribution areas still retain their natural state to a high degree, thanks to shelter provided by national parks and nature reserves, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.


Meanwhile, snow leopards continue to face threats to their survival because of problems resulting from human activities persisting on the edges of their distribution areas, leading to declines in prey populations and reducing the number of snow leopards each habitat can support, it said.


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