Your next vacation is to China’s World of Warcraft theme park #Travel#Asia#China#gamers#geeky#video games August 5 | Cat Rocketship Prepare yourself: memorize the map. Photos courtesy Shanghaiist. Gamers, start saving now: China has opened a completely unauthorized Starcraft and World of Warcraft-ripping theme park. Intrepid reporters from Shanghaiist visited and came back with buku photos of the statues, signs, and rides. The dwarves welcome you! Now, the rides are located within a larger theme park: World Joyland. "Terrain of Magic" (WoW world) and "Universe of Starship" (Starcraft land) are filled with huger-than-huge statues which seem pretty carefully created. Let's voyeur! Your wall of glass blocks is screaming to become a Tetris homage A glass black partial wall becomes a eight foot tall video game art piece. This is a completely unlicensed park and it still cost $30 million to build. Were Blizzard to bring it to your country, would you plan a trip? Read the entire trip report from Shanghaiist and start planning your getaway to magical Joyland. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS For sale: two bedroom flat in a 130-year old church, complete with arched ceilings NEXT Hingeheads' door art will nerdify, geek out, and bling up your door Toggle comments [ 12 ] Oh yea, I would go just because its so over the top and I love themeparks. 0 agree Reply Ha, I just heard a major 'NICE' from my husband (he loooves starcraft). 0 agree Reply OMG, that's so awesomesauce D: 0 agree Reply I would totally go to a sanctioned Blizzard theme park, but I wouldn't go one that was unauthorized like this one. I mean, why on earth didn't blizzard stop them in advance? 2 agree Reply My impression is that China is the wild west when it comes to this kind of thing. Copyright, patent infringements, all that. Here's a New York Times bit about the World Trade Organization taking issue with China's copyright enforcement. 0 agree Reply I actually was reading about how China even has pirated Apple stores (link below) or I may have been surprised. http://birdabroad.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/are-you-listening-steve-jobs/ 0 agree Reply It's not like *China* does it – it's particular Chinese *people*. I think that's an important distinction… 1 agrees Reply and yet the government body of China doesn't stop them. I think it's fair to say "China" does it because of the inaction on behalf of the government. If we were saying "all those Chinese people steal ideas", then I would totally call that out! It's not as if China (the government body) doesn't have enough resources to prevent this from happening. They're the world's current super power and are still running a pretty tight ship of control. 5 agree Reply That particular shop is licensed to trade and sells genuine Apple products, so the authorities didn't close it down. Several others have been closed down for being fake shops though. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14273444 0 agree Reply Even I recognise a lot of that stuff as clearly WoW themed and I don't even play (got as far as WC3 and lost interest). Even knowing what China is like when it comes to copyright I find it hard to believe they get away with things like this. I have to admit as much as I know I shouldn't if I was near by I'd want to go. I might not like WoW but Warcraft 2 is still my favourite RTS and I don't think I could resist the temptation. If it was liscenced then definately. Although I can't help thinking it'd cost an arm and a leg to get in. 0 agree Reply Just the other week my husband and I were talking about how cool it would be if there were a WoW resort sorta like Disneyland. I'd pay to spend a night in Ironforge and drink with 'dwarves'. But I'm not sure I'd pay for the unlicensed version. 1 agrees Reply my FH is asleep so i just sent him this link for the morning and a message saying, "ive never *really* wanted to go to china before but now…. please honey?! please please please??" i <3 <3 <3 starcraft! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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