Ever wonder what it’s like to be dead? Before you check yourself into a mental institution, check out the Chinese theme park the Window of the World. There’s a special attraction popular with tourists there that makes inventive use of hot air machines and lights to simulate cremation.
Thats right. Being burned to death has become a theme park ride.
The ride, called ‘The Cremator’, offers the morbidly curious to opportunity to find out what it might feel like to be cremated using a system of hot air and light projections.
But punters at the ‘Window of the World’ amusement park must first be settled into their temporary coffins, according to the People’s Daily Online.
The Window of the World park is a ‘cultural theme park’ in Shenzhen that boasts an incredible range of attractions crammed into its 48 hectares.
Among these are an astonishing 130 models of the world’s most famous landmark attractions in miniature, including Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Mount Rushmore.
But the park has branched out to include oddities such as ‘The Cremator’.
The experience begins with a journey through the ‘morgue’, following which they are placed in a coffin and put on a conveyor belt.
They are then carried through a chamber filled with hot air, to simulate the flames used during cremation.
Screams and shrieks echo through the chamber, and everyone who tries the ride comes out drenched in sweat.
Although whether the sweat is from fear or from the extreme heat has not been made clear.
‘I am never coming back,’ said a number of women on leaving the ride, while laughing nervously.
Another added: ‘It was horrifying.’
‘The experience was quite good,’ added another park-goer. ‘Quite good fun.’
This is not something that would appeal to me, but who am I to judge? Some candy company actually came out with the Harry Potter jelly beans that feature flavors like vomit and earwax — not flavors that I would sample, but then I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy anyway.
I know it’s politically incorrect (so ask if I care) to lay this on the Chinese culture, but can you see anyone in the west coming up with a theme park attraction like this? Not that there’s anything wrong with giving the people what they want — at least the Chinese appear to have absorbed that lesson of capitalism — but what kind of mind could conjure up simulated death as entertainment?
Sheesh.Gives me the creeps.