Shijingshan Amusement Park is a theme park in Beijing, China. The park first opened on September 28, 1986 and is operated by the Chinese government.
In 2007, the park is shown by international media to have made extensive, likely unauthorized, use of Disney characters and imagery, as well as incorporating other famous Japanese and American cartoon characters, such as Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Shrek and Bugs Bunny.
According to Fuji TV FNN News in Japan, the park contains a replica of Disney's trademark Cinderella Castle and a structure that looks like Epcot's Spaceship Earth. The park also contains a host of costumed characters that look amazingly similar to not only Disney's trademark characters, but also Shrek, Hello Kitty and a number of other trademarked characters.
Park officials denied any wrongdoing. When asked by a reporter if the characters are related to Disney, the theme park's general manager Liu Jingwang (刘景旺) said that their characters are based on Grimm's Fairy Tales. In another question, Liu insisted the Mickey Mouse-like character wasn't actually a mouse, but a "big-eared cat."
Their English slogan is "Disneyland is too far away. Please come [sic] Beijing shijingshan Amusement Park", a better translation of the Chinese slogan would be 'Because Disneyland is Too Far, better go to Shijingshan Amusement Park'. [Wikipedia]
By kjfitz @ 2007-05-08 12:53:29