Oriental Science Fiction Valley in Guangzhou
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Oriental Science Fiction Valley

Guangzhou, China

China’s first virtual-reality theme park, which opened in April, is an extraterrestrial enclave whose centerpiece is a 174-ft.-high Transformer-like robot. But the real magic happens inside: the park will eventually feature 35 virtual- and augmented-reality attractions, enabling guests to battle aliens on distant planets, fly through Guizhou and more. It’s all part of founder Shi Xiangdong’s mission “to inspire dreams in science and technology.” —Casey Quackenbush

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