Hong Kong's Ocean Park

Ocean Park is one of the oldest theme parks in Asia. Hong Kong had a good job maintaining it.


Hong Kong's Ocean Park

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by writeonthespot on May 3, 2007

Arriving at Hong Kong, our first stop was the Ocean Park. We went with a tour group going to Ocean Park even when our package was Free and Easy because there was a bus that would take the group from the hotel to the recreational park. Reviewing the guide books, there was no MTR station near Ocean Park and I wasn’t confident enough that we could get a ride there without any hitch. Ocean Park, which sits on an 87-hectare mountain, has been around for 29 years. It boasts of one of Southeast Asia’s largest oceanariums and the first sea jelly aquarium and atoll reef in the region. It is divided into lowland and headland. The main entrance is found in the lowland while those who go directly to the headland can enter through the Tai Shue Wan entrance. Entrance fee for Ocean Park is at HK$185, but we paid an expensive fee of HK$300 for the park admission, the guide service and the hotel pick-up. Upon entering Ocean Park, we went to the SkyFair to grab lunch. Colorful balloons filled the place with the SkyFair Balloon Ride as the main attraction. We went around the Cable Car Plaza and finally headed to the headlands where the headland rides, marine land, adventure land, and bird paradise are found. Apart from rides and animal attractions, Ocean Park also has a research center wherein they were able to produce a successful artificial insemination among dolphins in 2001. My favorite among the attractions was the flamingo pond. We were really rearing to go to Ocean Park to visit the giant pandas An An and Jia Jia. But to our dismay, their artificial habitat was under renovation and is not yet set to open until the summer of 2007. ${QuickSuggestions} With the great difference from the admission fee of HK$185 to the HK$300 we paid, I learned that it is good to check first the fees and see how you can even save on cost. If it is a lot cheaper to go there on your own, study the different ways to get to Ocean Park. Also, get a copy or check the net on the different rides so you know which attractions you want to visit first so you can plan your visit efficiently. A half day might not enough so if you want to avail of all the rides and attractions allot a whole day for an Ocean Park visit. Check also park rules and regulations because they do not allow visitors to bring in food and drinks. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. ${BestWay} Since the MTR do not reach Ocean Park, take the Ocean Park Citybus Tour or Route 629 from Admiralty MTR Station or Central Star Ferry Pier. The bus is available from 9am till 4pm. Cabs may be available but they are not recommended because of their price. Check your hotels if they have tours available to Ocean Park for your convenience.

Ocean Park Cable Car

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by writeonthespot on May 3, 2007

Ocean Park’s cable car ride is one of the exciting cable car rides I’ve ever taken. The round-shaped cable car gives riders a breathtaking view of the southern part of the Hong Kong island and nearby Lamma island. For one and a half kilometers, one can transfer from the lowland to the headland, and vice versa, in just eight minutes. But because of the long queue in the car ride, the Ocean Park management provided a free bus ride from the Tai Shue Wan entrance to the main entrance. It took us about 10 to 15 minutes going through the winding roads of southern Hong Kong island. From inside the cable car, we watched the long line of colorful cable cars hanging on four cables. From below, there were maintenance crews checking every part of the cable car. At the left side towards the sea, there were a number of boats and ships that were probably on the way to the Hong Kong port. Suspended on the side of the hill near the sea, the cable car ride seems safe. For those who are afraid of heights, do not look directly below but try to look at the horizon and enjoy the beautiful topography of the island.
Ocean Park
Ocean Park Road Aberdeen
Hong Kong, 4000039
+852 2552 0291

Escalator at Ocean Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by writeonthespot on May 3, 2007

The Ocean Park Escalator was probably the longest escalator ride I’ve ever taken. We were supposed to take the cable car back to the lowland to get there in time for our tour group agreed time of meeting. But with the long queue, an announcement was made that visitors should instead take the bus ride from Tai Shue Wan entrance to the main entrance. But to get to the entrance, we had to go down via an escalator. Coming from the lowland via the cable car, I didn’t have any idea how long it was. The escalator has a vertical rise of 115 meters from the ground but its total length is 225 meters because it has four sections. From the top, it will take you to Pacific Pier then another escalator ride to the Mine Train.

The next section took us to the Raging River and the last section led us to the Bird Paradise. The longest among the four sections, I think, was the first section. But whichever section it is, the longest section is said to be 63.5 meters long. What made taking the escalator interesting aside from connecting us to other parts of Ocean Park were the photo galleries that featured about Ocean Park and about the history of Hong Kong. While descending the escalator, we got a view of the ports. We also passed by the Mine Train which is also like a roller coaster ride. We saw the New Ocean Park Exhibition Hall with the Middle Kingdom Restaurant that looked like a Chinese palace. Then the Bird Paradise featured beautiful flower and plant arrangements. Overall, the Ocean Park escalator ride was a fun thing after all far from the boring concept I had in mind. And even when there are so many people, I’m just glad that it’s moving smoothly.

Ocean Park
Ocean Park Road Aberdeen
Hong Kong, 4000039
+852 2552 0291

Sky Fair

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by writeonthespot on May 3, 2007

From afar, the colorful Ocean Park balloon could be spotted soaring higher to the sky. The SkyFair Balloon lifts to over 100 meters from the ground. It has a similar build with the DHL balloon which we took in Singapore. A number of colorful balloons are also in display at the Ocean Park ground although they do not soar to the sky. Every now and then clowns on stilts or blowing bubbles come out to meet the guests. They also perform some entertaining shows to the delight of the kids.

Several souvenir shops were found within the SkyFair grounds. Food and drinks were also sold near the balloon area. Since there were tables and chairs nearby, visitors take a rest and watch from the food area as the balloon rise while music was being played in the background. The SkyFair was not as rowdy as the other attractions and since it was the one nearest to the entrance, we spent time there while waiting for the agreed time of meeting with group tour members. The SkyFair is also near the Panda Habitat, the Grand Prix and the Cable Car Plaza.

Ocean Park
Ocean Park Road Aberdeen
Hong Kong, 4000039
+852 2552 0291

Atoll Reef

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by writeonthespot on May 3, 2007

We wanted to go to the Shark Aquarium but with the wave of bodies that are shoulder to shoulder, we were led to the Atoll Reef. This one is different. Unlike the glass tunnel that other aquariums have, the Atoll Reef literally takes you to the deep. Upon entrance, we were greeted by a giant pool with a small man-made island in the center. We then took the stairs a floor below to view the fishes and turtles. This occurred several times until we came to about four floors under. We saw manta rays and colorful fishes as well as yellow and blue corals and starfishes.

But the main attraction there was the 80-year old and seven-foot long Giant Grouper and the Napolean Fish. There are over 2,000 fishes there and the new species are the Sea Angel and the Bowmouth Guitarfish. At the walls were mini-aquariums that displayed small fishes like the clown fish and fragile sea corals and sea plants. Children enjoyed seeing the marine life and the blue water. Flashes of camera light up everywhere as visitors tried to capture the beauty of the deep.

Ocean Park
Ocean Park Road Aberdeen
Hong Kong, 4000039
+852 2552 0291

Long Queue

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by writeonthespot on May 3, 2007

With the entry of Disneyland in Hong Kong, the Ocean Park sees no threat and rightly so because when we got to Ocean Park on a Good Friday holiday, the place was just swarming with people. Statistics show that Ocean Park hosts four million visitors a year. Everywhere we go, a long queue was waiting at the entrance and so many tourist guides were waving their flags for those belonging to their tour groups. We were only able to enter a few attractions and took a few rides because of the miles of lines of people who were waiting for their turn. We ended up going around Ocean Park and taking pictures of the colorful scene and rides.

If we had been there early in the morning, we surely had enjoyed more rides. But our main purpose was to see the giant pandas that were not available at that time. So we had to contend with being there along with thousands of locals and tourists who were enjoying the holiday. But I think having those long queues only prove that Ocean Park still has its luster despite the new theme parks that were sprouting around Asia. With its rich history, good location and beautiful attractions, Ocean Park is definitely a great place for family and friends.


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