Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China

How big can a fish tank be? Very very very big apparently.

In fact, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China holds five Guiness World Records – world’s largest aquarium, world’s largest acrylic panel, largest aquarium window, largest underwater viewing dome, and largest aquarium tank.

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And while I do have to admit that I was very impressed with the aquarium tank – I couldn’t stop watching these magnificent animals swimming around – I wasn’t as impressed with the rest of the park. The living conditions of a lot of the other animals were pitiful and just not right. The polar bears looked so forlorn and sad in their little room. The wolves barely had enough room to run around – there were about 10 of them in this tiny space. The penguins were overcrowded. Basically, my heart broke for these animals and I completely understand why people are against aquariums/zoos.

So yes, Chimelong, you’ve got a record-breaking aquarium – and that really did fascinate and interest me – but you’ve failed in all other aspects. Would I visit again? No.

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