'Little Big City Beijing' set to become new landmark

By Zhang Rui
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Benjamin Sweet (c), Merlin Entertainments' new opening director for the Asia Pacific region, Wang Rui (3rd from right), the general manager of Little Big City Beijing and Beijing government officials cut the ribbons to open the venue of Little Big City Beijing, in Beijing, Sept. 11, 2018. [Photo courtesy of Little Big City Beijing]

The interactive miniature venue "Little Big City Beijing" opened in the Chinese capital on Tuesday, with its mini-Beijing attraction set to become a new landmark of the city, according to the general manager.

Little Big City Beijing is British company Merlin Entertainments' new attraction which is located in Qianmen Street near the iconic Tiananmen Square in central Beijing. Models dressed in typical clothes from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties as well as the period of the Republic of China and the modern People's Republic of China, were on display at the opening ceremony of the venue.

To differentiate it from other miniature attractions, Little Big City Beijing contains miniature landmarks such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall and Temple of Heaven with more than 6,000 vivid miniature mannequin residents. Various advanced, interactive and cutting-edge technologies such as hologram and projection mapping are also deployed to better allow visitors to revisit the ancient yet modern city. 

There are lots of hidden novel "Easter Eggs" inside the mini-city, such as a mysterious crying woman in the Forbidden City, and a man dragged away by someone inside a hutong alley. Visitors are able to further explore the stories behind these events. As a family-friendly entertainment, Little Big City Beijing also designed many interactive games and children's touring passages to ensure that parents and their kids can both enjoy the journey. Also, 6,000 miniature mannequins are placed on the platforms at a children-friendly height.

Little Big City Beijing is the first type of interactive miniature experience venue in Asia, and the second one in the world, only after Little Big City Berlin. 

More attractions by Merlin Entertainments could come to other Chinese cities, such as The Shanghai Dungeon which will open within this year in Shanghai. Wang Rui, the general manager of Little Big City Beijing and also the general manager of Madame Tussauds Beijing, said, "We hope to tap the local characteristics and culture of each city in China and to introduce more brands according to local conditions in order to give consumers a unique experience."

Wang also announced free treats for veteran soldiers who fought Japanese invaders decades ago and those who participated in the parade on Tiananmen Square to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in 2015.

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