Moreover, there were a few downsides. I did not like that I could not pay cash for food and beverage items inside the park, and when I finally found a spot near the entrance where I could purchase 2 bottles of Pepsi with cash, it suspiciously seemed as though the staff pocketed the cash and simply scanned a wristband to account for it. In addition, and most importantly, many of the adrenaline-pumping water-rides were actually closed down for maintenance.
With all of the hype surrounding its record as the biggest on the East of China, I was also hoping that it was in fact much bigger than it actually was. Nevertheless, with all of the land space surrounding the area, I have no doubt that Dream of Water Park will expand to include more rides and activities in the future.
Let's take a look at what you can expect when heading to the park:
Price: 180rmb (Cheaper to buy tickets online); less crowded on Weekdays.
When entering the park, the first thing you'll need to do is walk straight to the storage management center, place down a deposit of 50rmb for your locker (the lockers are actually 20rmb. When you leave the park, 30rmb will be given back to you), and receive your electronic wristband.
Now, you should know that food shops inside the park do not accept cash. If you need to buy drinks or grab a bite to eat, you'll have to place a deposit of 200rmb onto your electronic wristband, and whatever money you do not use will be returned to you. And with the insanely overpriced items throughout the park (1 bottle of Pepsi = 10rmb), it's best to eat and quench your thirst before entering the park, or sneak them in with your belongings.
Also, please be aware that some rides have a weight limit of 90kg. In fact, they'll even have a scale at the queue just in case you look too overweight, or, just too strong, as in my case. If you're over, expect to get denied. Yes, it happened to me, twice!
You don't need to wear a hair cap. If you wish to carry around your phone or camera, you can purchase a water-proof plastic pouch for 40rmb at the park or bring your own.
Makes sure to bring your own sandals because the ground gets scorching hot!
Hop on Bus #115 at the Dongmen Bus Stop located along Bailu Road, or
Hop on Bus #119 at the stop in front of Galaxy Club at Parkson Plaza, or
Hop on Bus #117 in front of Tinglin Park and head directly to the Bacheng Bus Terminal, which is the last stop for all lines. From there, you can take a taxi or taxi cart directly to Dream of Water Park for 10rmb. The ride will take just a few minutes.
In addition, you can also catch Tourist Bus #6 directly to Dream of Water Park from Kunshan South Railway Station. However, this bus only runs on weekends.
To get back to Kunshan from the water park, it's best to walk to the front entrance near the highway and hail down a taxi, then head to Bacheng Bus Terminal. Have fun!