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The World's Wackiest Theme Parks

by Colleen Clark

Beijing World Park
Beijing, China

Epcot's World Showcase may be one of the world's best bar crawls, but it's child's play in the mini-monument game. If you really want to go around the world in 80 minutes, head to Beijing's World Park, where you can get your picture taken in front of more than 100 small-scale models of the world's most famous sites right in central Beijing. Don't feel like trekking an hour out of town to see the Great Wall? Pose on the mini version here! Visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx—and be sure to don that turban and hop atop a live camel for the photo op (complete with price gouging). The Eiffel Tower sits a few feet from Tower Bridge, which is in the shadow of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Twin Towers are still in attendance in the eerie rusting skyline of mini-New York; a more accurate portrayal of the city may be found in the 3-D Maze of Terror, with its abundance of rats and bugs. Hit up the morning parades, in which more than 200 Chinese employees sport everything from saris to lederhosen. The rest of the park seems to be a poor man's homage to Disneyland with a faux Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster and "characters" in rumpled princess costumes. But the World Park is at its best when it ditches the imitation and takes its own creative leap. We have three words for you: Laser. Beam. Fountain.

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