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12/10/2013

Travel Experience in Ocean Park of Hong Kong

1. Ocean Park: Take A Ride On The Ocean Express

A uniquely-designed train that has an interesting interior. We were pondering whether to take the cable car back to the main area but my wife and I chose against it as it was announced tha the cable cars were full.

So off to the train station we went. We arrived with very few people waiting at the platform. Just before the train arrived, a horde of Chinese mainland tourists rushed towards the platform and while I was first in line when I'd arrived, I was now like 2nd or 3rd after this same group squeezed their way through. When the train arrived, they were also the first to rush for the seats for their Hong Kong tour packages.

Thank goodness I was able to find my children seats as they had given these mainland people the "give me the seat or you'll hear my cry the entire journey" look!

2. Ocean Park: A Place for the Bigger Kids

After having fun at Disneyland, my wife and I thought that it would be a good idea to bring my children - 7 and 2 years old, to Ocean Park. The entire place though seemed to be catered to a more mature group. From the rides to other side activities such as booth games, most of the rides are more suitable for kids 12 years and above.

Of course there were still rides that my elder child liked - for example, the cable car and also the water rides that we got drenched! And that was during winter!

We were on our way out of the park and it was then that we realised there was a small park for younger kids. They had jumping castle to ferris wheel that were catered to kids their age.

3. Spend your entire day at Ocean park

I visited the Ocean Park in Hong Kong (obtain more Hong Kong travel guide) on 10th, 2010. The tickets to ocean World are HKD 250 per adult which translates to approximately INR 1500 (which is very cheap in my view compared to the rides of offer and the activities you can do there – as compared to Essel World and Water Kingdom which I have been to in Mumbai).

You can get to Ocean Park, Hong Kong from the Admiralty Station. Bus No.629 takes you straight to the Ocean Park at the Peak Entrance. It is important to note that there are 2 parts to Ocean Park. The first one is on the Peak and the second part is the Waterfront. These 2 parts are connected in 3 ways. You can choose any of the following 3 ways to travel between the Peak and the Waterfront.

(1) Ocean Park Express (Train Ride)
(2) Cable Car (Very Scenic and highly recommended, however scary for people who are afraid of heights)
(3) Shuttle Bus

The map of Ocean Park is also split into 2 which is the Peak and the Waterfront and you will need to plan the 2 parts separately as you would want to move from one to the other only once in a day, else you will end up wasting time and miss out on all the fun things to do in Ocean Park (one of must-see Hong Kong scenic spots).

4. A theme park and oceanarium

The theme park has been here in Hong Kong long before the arrival of Disneyland. A very popular place still and is listed as the 7th Most Popular Amusement Park and 33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World by Forbes beating the newer rival. The park is divided into two parts, the lowland (valley) and the headland separated by a hill and connected by a cable car service.

You must plan your visit well starting at the Middle Kingdom at the lowland. Among the main attractions here are the pandas habitat (both were hiding in their caves when I was there), and the dinosaur models exhibit (because they were just models the exhibit did not interest me much).

The real thrill is at the headland. The cable car ride to the headland allows a breathtaking view of Repulse Bay and the surrounding areas. There are many more activities here at the headland including a range of hair raising rides such as the Dragon Roller Coaster and the Mine Train. I can assure you that the mine train ride in Ocean Park is far more thrilling than the runaway mine train in Disneyland California. Maybe because it is perched on a precipice with a full view of the sea below. A total no-no for a faint hearted. The star attraction here however is the dolphin show at the open-air theater. Most audiences are mesmerized by the antics of these intelligent creatures especially their ability to interact with the human actors.

So please contain the ocean park in your affordable China travel packages.

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