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Swinging From The High Ropes At North Bund’s Magic Jungle

By May 31, 2019 Activities

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Nestled away on the river banks of North Bund is a grand structure that goes by the name of Magic Jungle. It might sound like it was summoned by a vengeful druid trying to suffocate the concrete jungle in roots and vines, but in reality, it was just imported from Germany by Wanhong Tourism Shanghai Ltd. in September last year. Stunning views, death-defying chasms, ropework and helmets. Oh, and if you weigh more than 80kg you're not allowed to play on the top ropes. Which is not fair.

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The course is made up of 13 steel masts and 94 elements that vary in difficulty, the whole thing covering a 400m² area. We saw people swinging from pillar to pillar, riding bicycles along a 7-inch-thick plank of wood, carefully edging their way along rolling cylinders and other such activities, all while suspended 20-30m in the air right in front of the Lujiazui skyline.

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The three coolest elements are a gigantic slide, a giant swing that launches you into the air, and a low-altitude jump. It looked like a lot of fun. Looked, I say, because we weren't allowed on. The separate ticket just for these three elements costs 90rmb, but you have to weigh 80kg or under. Sadly, our ripped, muscular beach bods just barely tipped the needle into the red. The weight limit for the ropes course is a much more reasonable 120kg.

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Health and safety measures for you featherweights to consider - you are locked into a harness at all times and crash helmets are compulsory. In places, it's very high up. There are also many instructors spread at different intervals to help anyone with a case of jelly legs. You’re allowed to take your phone up there but nothing bigger, like a camera.

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Prices are 236rmb for a full pass on everything for those relatively healthy and aged between 4-60 years old at a weekend or holiday, and drops down to 200rmb on a weekday. For just the ropes, it's 168rmb for weekends/holidays and 150rmb for a weekday. A kid under 4 will pay 168rmb and 150rmb respectively for a full pass. You can buy tickets on SmartTicket.


It’s pretty cool if you like climbing and balancing high up in the air, but magic jungle? It'd be magic if it wasn't so judgy. 80kg is a perfectly respectable weight! If you've done something similar but on a bigger scale elsewhere, it will seem a little tame. If you do go, pick a day when the weather is clear and you will get a fantastic view from across the river.

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