Disclaimer: The below post is extremely long, so I apologise in advance. I could have rambled on about this all day, but I decided to condense it a little so that it was easier to read. Hi guys. Sorry if there's already a thread like this or if this thread sounds slightly weird, but when I was browsing through the Wanda City wing coaster topic in Roller Coaster Construction and looking at the photos of the stunning theming, I thought to myself; could China potentially become the new USA in years to come? Now, by "the new USA", I mean the worldwide capital of theme parks, so to speak. I am aware that some might disagree that the USA is the theme park capital of the world in terms of quality, but I'd personally say that it is hard to argue that in terms of the sheer quantity of huge theme parks and good quality roller coasters in one country, America is definitely the place to be. Most foreign roller coaster enthusiasts seem to talk about visiting America with a certain excitement that I seem to find with very few other countries, and the first visit to mega parks like Six Flags Magic Mountain and Cedar Point seems to have become somewhat of a rite of passage that the vast majority of coaster enthusiasts would like to complete some time in their lives. But before I ramble on for too long about America and its place in theme park enthusiasts' hearts, the question I ask you all today is; could China potentially become that country that every coaster enthusiast wants to visit instead of America? Instead of heading towards the USA, could we be heading in the opposite direction? Could those mega parks with record-breaking coasters that we all dream of visiting be in China instead of in the USA in years to come? As for my answer to this question, I personally think they could be. While I admit that looking at the current caliber and size of most Chinese theme parks being built (I'm not doubting that some of what's being built in China quality-wise is right up there with the USA; I more mean that most Chinese parks currently being built only seem to open with 5 or so coasters), it seems slightly surreal that they could one day be on the scale of a country like America, but it is worth remembering that the vast majority of China's major theme parks have been built in the last 10-15 years. I don't know this for certain, but I'd imagine that if you looked at China on RCDB 15 or so years ago, there would have been a very small amount of noteworthy theme parks and roller coasters. However, if you look at China on RCDB these days, there are many reasonably large theme parks; a huge amount of development has occurred within China's theme park industry in the last 10-15 years. To put things into perspective, in the last 15 years: Chains such as Happy Valley & Wanda amongst others have come on to the scene and evolved to almost become akin to the Six Flags & Cedar Fair of China. Disney have built and opened two full-size Magic Kingdom parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai, respectively. Six Flags have announced plans to build multiple theme parks across China. Universal have announced plans to build a theme park in Beijing. In the 2006 TEA attendance report, only 2 of the top 25 most visited parks in the world (Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park) were located in China, coming 18th (with 5,200,000 visitors) and 21st (with 4,380,000 visitors), respectively. By contrast, in 2017's TEA attendance report, there were 4 Chinese theme parks in the top 25 (Shanghai Disneyland, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park), coming 8th (with 11,000,000 visitors), 11th (with 9,788,000 visitors), 18th (with 6,200,000 visitors) and 20th (with 5,800,000 visitors), respectively. That is a substantial change in the percentage of visitor numbers to the top 25 that China holds; in 2006, China held a mere 5.1% of the combined attendance to the top 25, whereas in 2017, China held 13.4% of the combined attendance to the top 25. While that might not seem like much, China has almost tripled their percentage of the combined visitor numbers to the top 25 in 11 years, and add into that the combined visitor numbers of the top 25 increasing by nearly 60,000,000 over the same period of time. While we're on the subject of attendance numbers, it is worth noting that China is now home to 4 of the top 20 most visited water parks in the world, including the most visited water park in the world. The 2017 TEA attendance report also says that it has been forecast for a number of years that China will top the USA as the world's largest theme park market (in terms of attendance) by 2020. The Asia-Pacific region was only 17,156,000 behind North America in 2017 in terms of the combined attendance to each area's top 20 theme parks, to put things into perspective. So, before this gets too long-winded, I could personally see China becoming the new theme park capital of the world in years to come. People are already having to split China into regions when planning a multi-park trip as they would when visiting the USA, and the ever-increasing attendance figures certainly seem to imply large expansion is to come in China. But what do you guys think? Do you think that the American Dream will become the Oriental Dream in years to come? (from a theme park perspective, of course!) Thank you very much for reading my analysis of the Chinese theme park scene and whether it could potentially top the USA, and I apologise for the length of this post (I know you're all going to make fun of me, but I genuinely feel as though it's warranted here!).