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Opening of Universal Studios: More freedom for the park than for movies

The entrance to the Kung-Fu Panda ride at Universal Studios in Beijing: Not very popular, despite its Chinese look.

In the midst of diplomatically troubled times, a symbol of American culture has taken up residence on the outskirts of the Chinese capital. Universal Studios’ world’s largest amusement park in Beijing opened its gates to the public last week. Tickets were gone within the minute. The hotel rooms, which cost up to $3,000, were also booked out quickly.

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