Lionsgate theme park set to open in China on July 31
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Are you ready to soak up the worlds of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent"? Now it's time to try it in China! Lionsgate Entertainment World has announced to open Asia's first movie-themed vertical theme park on Hengqin Island in south China's Zhuhai City on July 31, in a bid to lure more visitors to the Greater Bay Area and develop the tourism opportunity. 

Covering 22,000 square meters of premium indoor space, this multi-storey "vertical theme park" features 25 attractions from six global film franchises and Chinese box office hits, including The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, The Divergent Series, Now You See Me, Gods of Egypt and Escape Plan. 

Facade with logo at headquarters of Lionsgate Films in the Silicon Beach area of Los Angeles, California, December 10, 2018. /VCG Photo

Facade with logo at headquarters of Lionsgate Films in the Silicon Beach area of Los Angeles, California, December 10, 2018. /VCG Photo

In the park, visitors could have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the familiar stories and create their own side stories when interacting with the park's offerings. For example, "Fear Simulator", one of the attractions in the film "Divergent", offers a VR walk-through which could test experience bravery and willpower for tourists when they navigate precarious passageways and traps. 

Targeting mainly on Chinese travelers, the Parques Reunidos Group is expected to attract about 1.5 million visitors during the first year of operations. 

Hengqin Island in south China's Zhuhai City is only an hour away from Hong Kong, all part of the Greater Bay Area, which is noted as one of the largest manufacturing and population hubs in Asia.  

(Cover: Lionsgate theme park in Hengqin Island. /Courtesy of Lionsgate)