The Olympic Park has long since been vacated of all things Michael Phelps. Left are the Olympic buildings, as well as random sculptures like this.
The Olympic Park is now used for various events or exhibits, from car racing to concerts to a Winter Wonderland snow park. Most appetizing, however, is the World Chocolate Dream Park, located in the middle of the Olympic Park area. This park, as per its name, is dedicated to chocolate, and I believe on another level dedicated to China’s newly-acquired wealth and taste for decadence.
It is a little steep to get in at 80RMB ($11.71), but it was worth it. The park has the history of chocolate, a bunch of facts about chocolate, as well as chocolate from different parts of the world. The cool part, though, is the sculptures that are made out of chocolate (and other sugar). I am pretty sure it is sponsored by BMW–you will see why.
Chocolate wall fountains–21st Century home decoration.
According to the sign next to it, this truffle comes from America and is worth something like $2800USD. It probably tastes better than gold.
The next few are all made of chocolate and sugar. As you can see, the didn’t really focus too much on any one theme other than that the sculpture itself has to be delicious-tasting.
The museum also has famous Chinese historical artifacts and sights. In chocolate.
All in all, I definitely believe that the Chinese made this whole museum as a testament to their rising station in the world. A whole exhibit dedicated to great historical artifacts and luxury purses and cars, all made out of the most classic symbols of decadence, is quite a statement when you think about it.
Or maybe they’ve just got one hell of a sweet tooth.
Also, upon our return to Beijing, Scott and I both brought out longboards. Shoutout to Loaded–thanks to you, Beijing has become infinitely smaller.