The following are listed by Xinhua as the eight most popular theme parks in China. This would not be an easy list to make unless definite figures were available – which they are not. However, it is a sort of list which can no doubt be modified.
1. Xishuangbanna Dai Ethnic Garden is in Ganlan basin of Xishuangbanna area, 30 kilometers away from Jinghong city, Yunnan Province in the southwest. Famous for its mysterious tropical rainforests, wild animals and ethnic minorities.
2. Hong Kong Disneyland. On Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland opened on September 12, 2005 and has since lost serious money. Perhaps the new generation consider Disneyland old hat when compared to, for example, Avatar.
3. Beijing Happy Valley occupyies an area of 560,000 square meters and is claimed to be the largest theme park in China.
4. Window of the World is a replica park at Shenzhen in Guangdong Province at the southern tip of the Chinese Mainland and eastern bank of the mouth of the Pearl River. Full of replicas of the world’s wonders.
5. Qingming Shanghe Park is modeled after a famous Chinese scroll painting titled Qingming Shanghe Tu (Upper River during Qing Ming Festival) created by imperial artist Zhang Zeduan of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126 AD) to describe Kaifeng, which was the capital of China at that time.
6. Tang Paradise Lotus Park is in the Qujiang Resort, southeast of Xian, Shaanxi Province. This park covers approximately 165 acres, about 49 acres of which is water. It claims to be the biggest cultural theme park in northwestern China.
7. Horticulture Expo Garden in Kunming, capital city of Yunnan Province. In the garden there are five large exhibition halls: there are also six themed gardens.
8. Hengdian World Studios in the town of Hengdian of Dongyang City in central Zhejiang Province, Hengdian World Studios is often called "Chinese Hollywood". The studios make use of 13 movie sets in a total area of 330 hectares. All of the locations are open to the public as theme parks.