Friday, May 14, 2010

HK diary 5 - Ocean Park

Hong Kong Disneyland may be more famous but I have a soft spot for Ocean Park.  I have been there as a kid and I always enjoyed my visits.  So during our HK visit we went to the park with my sister, BIL, nieces and my sister's in-laws.

With TLG in tow we didn't get on any rides, but there were so many animal displays to keep us entertained.

There was a "dragon" exhibition on the day we visited - which was in fact a collection of lizards.  It was billed being "rare and exotic", so Mr Curious had a good laugh when a common iguana was on display.  Nonetheless TLG enjoyed it immensely.


You can see TLG checking out the water monitor.


TLG was asleep when we saw the jellyfish display which was fantastic.  Here are the poor quality photos I took.



And here are photos I found on flickr which did it justice.

Photo: on Flickr by night86mare

Photo: on Flickr by luke chan chan

TLG was mesmerised by the sea creatures on display at the Atoll Reef, a multi-level aquarium.  I think he will enjoy it even more now because he can say "fish".

Photo: on Flickr by AltEisenRiese

 We rode the cable car with great view of Deep Water Bay.

Photo: on Flickr by stephenk1977

We also rode the extensive outdoor escalators.
Photo: on Flickr by darakusan

At the goldfish exhibit there were a lot of strange looking fishes.  Some varieties have bulging puffs near their eyes or no dorsal fin - they were bred that way for their "beauty".  I found them a bit creepy.

Photo: on Flickr by darakusan

My highlight of the day, by a big margin, was the panda exhibit. 


TLG and I were looking for ages as the panda strolled down from the cave and started eating.  Very cute!

At $HK250 (around $A35) per adult, Ocean Park is great value, and we will probably visit again on our next HK trip.

Two pieces of advice if you're planning to go:

(1) If you're bringing a pram/stroller, be prepared to carry it for a bit. The park was built in the 70s and wheelchair/pram friendly access was not in vogue back then.

(2) Bring your own lunch. The food on offer were expensive (by HK standard), unhealthy and barely palatable.


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