Hong Kong has two big amusement parks, and Ocean Park is the older
of the two. It has an area of about 200 acres on the hills and
shore of the southern part of Hong Kong Island. It is Hong Kong's
favorite park, and attracts the most visitors. It is currently in
the top 15 of the world's most visited parks.
There are a lot of attractions related to displays of animal
species such as dolphin shows and a jellyfish aquarium as well as
big amusement park rides. The view of the sea along the coast is
beautiful and fun when viewed high up on the roller-coaster rides
or other thrill rides or the tram that passes over the sea that is
a highlight in itself.
Hong Kong Ocean Park can be a fun day with your family and friends.
Hong Kong Ocean Park is a marine park/amusement park/animal
laboratory/zoo combination. So while you can watch amusing dolphin
shows in the poolside public stands, there is a serious research
program for breeding and care of animals going on in the same area.
The park's laboratory was the first to artificially inseminate and
breed a bottlenose dolphin. The park is large enough to require
several means of mass transit. It is divided into the Waterfront
section and the Summit section. The rides are among the best in the
world, and the animal exhibits including both land and water
animals are world-class.
The water animal exhibits include a walk through shark aquarium
where you walk through an underwater tunnel and see species of
sharks from around the world. In the Atoll Reef aquarium area,
there are perhaps 2,000 fish of scores of species in an aquarium
four stories tall. The stars of the underwater displays were rare
giant Chinese sturgeons that were sent by the government of China.
But several died, and the remaining two were sick and were sent
back to China in 2009. It is estimated that there are only about
1,000 Chinese sturgeons left.
The land animal exhibits include aviaries, the Amazing Birds Show,
and the Amazing Asian Animals Exhibit. In the Amazing Asian Animals
Exhibit, you can find rare and interesting land animals. There are
currently four pandas that are almost extinct in the wild. These
animals are probably China's favorite, and mainland Chinese visit
to see them. They are named An An, Jia Jia, Ying Ying, and Le Le.
There may also be “small pandas,” also called red pandas, when you
arrive. These smaller animals are even more interesting than pandas
in my opinion because they look like large, unusually long house
cats. But their coloring and way of moving is extraordinary and
non-catlike. I was amazed when I saw some. Most people don't know
that this type of animal exists. They are not feline animals. Like
pandas, they seem to sleep a lot.
There are about 20 amusement rides. The rides includes a large
Ferris wheel, two roller coasters including The Dragon that reaches
a top speed of 77 kilometers an hour, a water ride, and a free fall
drop deck called The Abyss that that is a tall steel girder tower
20 stories high that has two cabins that drop down to the ground in
about 5 seconds. The newer rides are being built to attract young
people looking for thrills.
In order to get around in the park and see the views, there are
also transportation rides including Ocean Express, a tram system,
and the world's second longest outdoor escalator that transports
people in the area. It is expected that there will be an MTR route
to the park.
Near Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District on Hong Kong Island.
It is on the other side of Victoria Peak from the main Hong Kong
city urban area.
The park was opened on January 10, 1977. It was founded by Hong
Kong Governor Sir Murray MacLehose and funded, built and managed by
the Kong Kong Jockey Club that is a large private charity, horse
racing, recreation, gambling, and sports organization.
It is kind of unique because it is a non-profit and private large
amusement park that also conducts laboratory research on breeding
animals. Other things that make the park unique is that it has 4
giant pandas that are rare in the world and also a unique large
jellyfish aquarium. China's government sent the pandas, and they
are included in the Amazing Asian Animals exhibit.
On July 1, 1987, the government established a trust fund with money
from the Jockey Club under the Ocean Park Corporation Ordinance
(Hong Kong Law Cap. 388). The park administration was separated
from the Jockey Club, and it became a non-profit entity of its own
In the fiscal year 2007-2008, Ocean Park received about five
million visitors so that it was among the top 15 theme parks in
annual attendance that year. In 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland opened
and is giving the park some stiff competition, but it is still the
most popular park. To attract more visitors, it has had a 6 year
plan for large scale development and adding land property. This
development plan may cost as much as almost a billion US dollars.
One of the newest attractions that opened in 2009 is a new rail
system that can transport thousands of people in an hour. It is
called the Ocean Express, and it runs parallel to a previously
built cable car system. It is similar to the Victoria Peak Tram
that transports people from Central District to the peak on Hong
- Fun new modern rides including the new The Dragon roller coaster
and the The Abyss.
- World class facilities including a panda exhibit, transportation
systems, the huge four storey aquarium and the walk-through shark
- It is a non-profit facility so ticket prices are moderate. The
elderly and disabled can enter for free.
- Not as commercialized as other large theme parks, so there is less
high-pressure sales tactics.
- Beautiful coastal scenery.
- Besides being an amusement park, Ocean Park Hong Kong also operates
well developed laboratories for research, has an education
department and operates funds for wildlife preservation and
- The park has good restaurants and shops for souvenirs.
- Ride in the amusement rides.
- Tour the area on the transportation sy
- Buy souvenirs.
- Dine in the restaurants.
- Best Time to Visit: Hong Kong is still fairly warm and is drier in October and
- Hours: 10 am - 6 pm; 10 am – 11 pm in the summers.
- Ticket prices keep changing and are increasing. But tickets cost
about 27 USD for adults and 14 USD for children.
- Tel: (852) 2580-9092
- In Park Transport: Between the Summit and the Waterfront sections, you can take the
Ocean Express rail system or the cable car. The cable car gives you
good views of the ocean and area, and the Ocean Express has
interesting underwater excitement. To get around on the Summit
area, you can take the world's second longest outdoor escalator.
- Transportation: Bus 629 from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B.
- Octopus Card: Hong Kong is fairly unique in the world because you can
purchase cards that you can swipe to pay for MTR and bus fare, and
it can be used to pay for many other things as well such as
purchases at supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants. The
card allows people to travel without standing in line to buy
tickets. Card holders simply swipe their cards and their fares are
deducted electronically. You can buy these at the MTR station
The city and territory of 7 million has another zoo, a large aviary
(bird zoo), two other large amusement parks, and lots of natural
areas for hiking and swimming.
Though Ocean Park is Hong Kong's favorite amusement park, Hong Kong Disneyland that was opened in 2005 is the biggest with about 300 acres of
land and ambitious development plans. It is located on Lantau
Island and is near Hong Kong's airport.
Lantau Island itself is an interesting place to visit if you want to go hiking
on long trails through natural surroundings. You can climb the
small mountains, stay in the hotels or hostels, eat in the
restaurants and hike along the seashore and on the beaches. The
hiking paths are not crowded. You can go there via ferry from
About 40% of Hong Kong is protected in 23 parks, including three
marine parks and one marine reserve. Hiking trails, waterfalls,
clean swimming spots, places to fish, lakes, rivers and some of
Asia's best beaches are within walking distance from the modern
rapid transit train stations or a public bus station, and they are
often empty or have few visitors each day. Some of Asia's best
beaches and natural ocean areas are empty, but easily accessible.
The 10 tallest mountain peaks all have hiking trails. Books and
trail guides are easy to find in book stores and information
The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is the largest zoo and is also a botanical garden, and it is
easily accessible right above Central District on the other side of
Hong Kong Island from Ocean Park. Admission is free.
Right by the Zoological and Botanical Gardens is Hong Kong Park with one of the world's largest walk-through aviaries where you
walk through a very large cage filled with many species of birds
flying around and perched. It is a public park where there is also
a large plant conservatory, museums and interesting exhibits and
recreational facilities. Admission to almost everything except the
squash courts and restaurants is free.
Noah's Ark is Hong Kong's newest theme park. It was opened in May of 2009 and
contains a huge replica of Noah's ark that is 137 meters long. It
contains an exhibit of Hong Kong's biggest meteorite, a rope
obstacle course, full scale mock-ups of large animals, large screen
theaters, restaurants and a hotel.Method1: Take No.629 bus started at Admiralty Underground Station
or Start Port of Central at a cost of HK$10.6 for one-way ticket or
HK$ 21.2 for return ticket. Method2: Take No.630 bus started Hong
Kong Station only on Sunday and during public holidays.
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