Theme Parks in Hong Kong -
Mar 2012: "Old Hong Kong" will be opened soon. It brings back old memories of Hong Kong in the 50s to 70s. Old theatre, street stalls, rickshaws and a real tram is on display.
20 Sep 2009: The new Ocean Park Ocean Express has been launched. It takes 3 minutes to go from the lowland to summit and has successfully relief the load of cable cars. People who are afraid of height will find the train a better solution to go between 2 parts of the park. Though the ride itself is pretty boring - it's dim inside the train and you just look up the ceiling to stare at the video they play during the 3 minutes to kill time.
As there is no queue at the platform, we were pushed and shoved by 4 mainland old ladies when we got on and off the train. Another passenger who had a mobile phone round her neck got the phone banged on the high gate when she was pushed by the old lady. She wasn't very impressed.
23 Mar 2009: A whole new 25,000 square metres attraction is going to open in Apr 2009. It's the "Amazing Asian Animals". It includes "Giant Panda Adventure", "Gold Fish Treasures" and "Amazing Bird Show". Existing pandas will move to the new Giant Panda Habitat when there will be different zones - waterfall scene, snowy scene and sandy area for the panda. Besides giant panda, 4 red panda aka firefoxes had just arrived HK to join the giant panda. Together with the Chinese giant salamanders, Asian small-clawed otters and Chinese alligators, the new Amazing Asian Animals will provide a whole new experience to the viewers.
Ocean Park (built in 1977) is a quarter century old theme park. When I was a kid, it's always a treat to go to the Ocean Park. I can see it grow bigger and bigger and it's keep changing to survive.
The 1.5km long cable car joins the headland and lowland which offers spectacular panoramic view of the southern part of Hong Kong Island. It's peaceful and quiet up here. It's one of my favorites in Ocean park though some people still can't cope with it. And it's much safer than the 360 cable cars in Lantau!
There are two entrances to Ocean Park - the main entrance which takes you to the lowland or the Tai Shue Wan entrance which takes you to the headland.
At the lowland part, don't miss
There are animal shows like:
At the Headland part,
If you get off from the cable car, you can find:
You can then take the escalator towards the Tai Shue Wan entrance/ext. There, you can find more birds like:
and more rides:
If you think its a quarter century old and is running down, then I can tell you it's not true. They've been knocking down old attractions and building new stuff. In fact, there are old stuff that I miss but they need changes to survive. It doesn't feel old at all.
Besides being a theme park, Ocean Park also has established the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation and the Hong Kong Society for Panda Conservation. In fact, in 2001, two female dolphins delivered two healthy calves in Ocean Park which was the world's first successful conception using artificial insemination (AI) in bottlenose dolphins.
I like Ocean Park. Maybe because I grow up with it. And I do hope that Ocean Park can survive and continue to look after the animals after Hong Kong DisneyLand is open.
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