Ocean Park Hong Kong
Rated as one of the world’s most popular theme park, it is a must-go attraction in Hong Kong. Together with Hong Kong Disneyland, it is one of the two large amusement parks in Hong Kong.
Opened in 1977, it the first theme park in Hong Kong. The Park, located in the Southern District, underwent major redevelopment from 2006 to 2012. It has developed into a Park that combines entertainment with education and conservation. In 2012, the Park was awarded the top honor in the industry – the Applause Award. It became Asia’s first theme park to get this award.
The Park, famous for its attractions and rides, aquarium, animals and shows, is suitable for all age groups. There you can find Hong Kong first cable car, Hong Kong’s second longest outdoor escalator, giant pandas, dolphins, Chinese sturgeons and even penguins.
Hong Kong Ocean Park has over 80 attractions and rides and there are two main attraction areas: the Waterfront (Lowland) and the Summit (Hillside), and they are subdivided into eight different zones. The Waterfront houses Amazing Asian Animals, Aqua City and Whiskers Harbour; while the Summit is home to Adventure Land, Marine World, Polar Adventure, the Rainforest and Thrill Mountain. The main entrance is located at the Waterfront. You can reach the Summit by taking Cable car and Ocean Express (funicular railway).
- Get a map at the entrance so that you know where every ride and attraction is.
- Start to play at the Summit first so as to avoid long queue at a later time.
- Head back to the Waterfront from the Summit at around 4pm in order to avoid going down the hill with crowds of people.
Now, we are ready to enter the park. I am going to introduce each zone to you and highlight some popular attractions there.
Adventure Land, Marine World and Thrill Mountain: best suit thrill seekers as most of the rides located there. Each zone has its own roller coaster. Hair Raiser in the Thrill Mountain is Hong Kong’s first and only floorless roller coaster.
Marine World: formerly known as Marine Land and Headlands Rides. There you can find Ocean Theatre, Sea Jelly Spectacular, Shark Mystique, Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium, Ferris wheel and Ocean Park Tower – a rotating observation deck offering panoramic views of the South China Sea, Aberdeen, Lantau Island, Lamma Island and Cheung Chau.
Polar Adventure: The featured animals include king penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins, pacific walruses, spotted seals, Steller sea lions, snowy owls and Arctic foxes. The Tuxedos Restaurant offers view over the penguins. The Blast roller coaster is suitable for the whole family.
The Rainforest: Avian, terrestrial and aquatic animals are living there. The Rapids– a river rapids ride encircling the themed zone is recommended.
Aqua City: has a world-class Grand Aquarium with the world’s largest aquarium dome and a wide acrylic viewing panel. It features the world’s first and only 360° water screen show – Symbio, with special lighting, fireworks and sound effects. Adventures in Australia has recently been opened where you can watch furry koalas and red-necked wallabies. Aqua City also offers various dining and shopping options. Why not enjoy fine dining at Neptune’s Restaurant in the aquarium!
Old Hong Kong: let you experience Hong Kong between the 1950s and the 1970s. You can also try over 50 local street foods, understand Hong Kong culture and history of that period.
Amazing Asian Animals: Giant Panda Adventure houses two rare giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le, while Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures is home to two oldest giant pandas in the park, An An and Jia Jia. There are golden monkeys, gators, goldfish and more in the zone. It also features an educational bird show – Emperors of the Sky.
Whiskers Harbour: previously known as the Kingdom of Children, is specifically designed for children with small-scale rides. You can find the Park’s mascots there and also in the Whiskers’ Theatre.
Future expansion of Hong Kong Ocean Park
More attractions will continue to be added. Two hotels are being constructed and they are expected to be completed in 2017 and in 2019 respectively. Another highlight will be the Water World which features an indoor surfing simulator, slides and wave pools.
General Information of Ocean Park Hong Kong:
- Address: Ocean Park, Abeerdeen, Hong Kong Island
- Tel: +852 2580 9092
- Opening Hours: 10am – 6:30pm (weekdays), 10am – 7pm (weekends) or 10am – 11pm (with special events)
- Admission Price: check here
- MTR Ocean Park Station Exit B
- Bus 629 from MTR Admiralty Station drives you directly to the park
- Official Website: http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/home/
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