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27/09/2013

What visitors can do in Ocean Park of Hong Kong

1. FUN PLACE!

If I had to choose between Disneyland & Ocean Park (two famous Hong Kong scenic spots)...I'd go for Ocean Park! it's more value for the money and has something for everyone not just kids.

Ocean Park is mainly divided into two main attraction areas: the Waterfront and the Summit, which can be further divided into eight different attraction zones: Amazing Asian Animals, Aqua City, Whiskers Harbour, Marine World, Polar Adventure, Adventure Land, Thrill Mountain and the Rainforest. All these zones offer a wide array of exciting rides and animal exhibits.

It was my first time to see the Panda, the penguin and other exotic animals which is nice, the cable car ride was so cool and the view was breathtaking.

The only thing I didn't like is waiting for almost an hour for every ride but it's my fault for going on Saturday! so try to avoid going during weekends

How to get there by public transportation:
The Citybus Route 629 runs daily from Admiralty MTR Station or Central (Star Ferry). The bus fares are $10.6 for adults and $5.3 for children (aged 4-11).

2. OCEAN PARK

Hong Kong is well served by theme parks and Ocean Park and its competitor Hong Kong Disneyland compete for tourist's (and locals) precious time and money for Hong Kong tour packages. In my opinion Disneyland is just too small to compete with the sheer variety of things to see and do at Ocean Park, so if I only had enough time to go to one theme park, then Ocean Park is an easy choice for me at least. In March this year (2012) the newest attraction - OLD HONG KONG opened.

Costing HK$10 million to build, as the name suggests, Old Hong Kong is a nostalgic recreation of a Hong Kong street scene from the 1950's to 1970's. You will find yourself among once famous rickshaws, a replica of an early Hong Kong tram with rattan style seats, a mid 20th century Kowloon Motor Bus and a replica of the Star Ferry clock tower which chimes on the quarter hour. Tenement buildings called tong lau have been recreated to add just the right amount of authenticity to the streetscape. These narrow buildings still seen all over Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong travel guide) combine small shops on the ground floor with small residences above. As well as sights along the street there are smells and tastes with numerous dai pai dong food stalls offering a mouth watering selection of classic hawker food and a Kee Wah Bakery. Live character actors are part of the experience.

For thrillseekers Ocean Park has 27 rides to choose from including six new ones in the recently opened Thrill Mountain section. The most talked about is the Hair Raiser which is a floorless rollercoaster. If you are brave enough to go on it you will be hurled through multiple inversions, reaching 4.0G in acceleration and a top speed of 88 kilometres an hour while experiencing gut wrenching twists and turns all with your feet dangling in mid-air. Sounds like fun.....NOT!!!

There is a lot to see and do which requires plenty of walking so you do need a full day, taking into account that queueing is inevitable especially for the cable car which links the two main sections of the park. My tip is to drink plenty of water as you can get quite hot. For those who like to keep their feet on the ground Ocean Park also has lots of animal exhibits (the Giant Panda Adventure is my favourite) and there is a conservation marine life park with a wonderful Aquarium.

Because of its ongoing improvement strategies over the last few years Ocean Park has remodelled itself as a must see attraction for both tourists and locals. If you are thinking of spending Halloween there be aware that the park will be incredibly busy. I was told the park employs an extra 2,000 staff to cater for the crowds over the Halloween period.

There is a dedicated bus service to/from Ocean Park. Any 629 Citybus from outside the Lippo Centre in Admiralty or from Central Pier 7 at 9.45am, 10.05am, 10.25am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm will take you to the Ocean Park Main Entrance. This bus also goes via the Exchange Square Bus Terminal.

From Ocean Park to Central Pier 7 buses depart at at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. From Ocean Park to Exchange Square Bus Station, departures at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm.
So you should not miss the Ocean Park for your affordable China travel packages.

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