The middle of the Egyptian desert mightn't be the first place you’d expect to find a Chinese theme park. But thats exactly where – and what – Fun Valley is. Built for $6.3 million and made up of four separate theme parks, Fun Valley is one hell of a trippy oasis to stumble on in the midst of the Ain Sokha desert.
Why is it there, we hear you asking?
Photographer Klaus Thymann went asking the same thing. The answer lies in the theme park’s immediate surrounds – 3.2km of factories and residences operated and inhabited by employees of Chinese industrial conglomerate, TEDA. The powers behind this ‘Economic Trade Cooperation Zone’ want their employees to stay in the area as much as possible, which is going to mean employees’ families will need to stick around too. And what better way to entertain the kiddies than to plonk rides, mechanical dinosaurs, water slides and Star Wars characters right in the centre of town?
It definitely makes sense that such an isolated living environment comes with some kind of easily accessible amusement for inhabitants, but we can’t help wondering how quickly the novelty of seeing Hello Kitty in real life might wear off after a few visits.