The 40,000-square-meter park is the only marine mammal park and oceanarium in west China and is divided into five areas: the polar-animal exhibition area, the whale and dolphin show area, the Happy Theater, the ocean animals exhibition, and Little Island. Each of these is further broken into smaller animal exhibition halls.
Highlights at the park include a dolphin plaza, polar bears, sea lions, walruses, penguins, seals, sea turtles, sharks, and an underwater world. Performances include the seal show in the Happy Theater and the half-hour dolphin and whale show.
A number of on-site restaurants serving Sichuanese and other Chinese food, Western-style fast food, and standard carnival concessions, will also be open to the public.
The grounds surrounding the theme park will eventually hold a hotel and walking street as well.
The park is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. General admission: RMB130; seniors over the age of 60 (with ID), kids up to 1.4 meters, and those with disabilities: RMB65; children under 1.2 meters: free when accompanied by adult (1 child per paying adult).
This article was originally published in CHENGDOO citylife Magazine, issue 35 ("Transportation"). With assistance from Dongni Hu. Photos by Leo Chen