Author’s Note: This is one of five posts looking to the past, to my trip to Hong Kong in September of 2008. Some of the details may be a little fuzzy because it was twelve years ago.
On Sunday of the weekend in the middle of the trip, a small group of us got tickets to go to Ocean Park Hong Kong, a theme park on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. Ocean Park is the second-largest theme park in Hong Kong, right after Hong Kong Disneyland. In hindsight, I wish I’d chosen Hong Kong Disneyland for this day, but at the time I was thinking, “I can see Disney at home. I want to see something different and unique to Hong Kong.”
In that regard, I was not disappointed.
Ocean Park considers itself a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park, and amusement park. It’s really got a little bit of everything.
I didn’t see many marine mammals, there, but I think there was an Orca show that we missed. Here’s a couple of seals.
Apropos of nothing, Ocean Park is home to the single most entertaining bathroom signage I have ever seen. If there’s a sign, you know people were doing it.
There was a jellyfish enclosure, with a lot of the little floaters swimming past.
They also had a panda enclosure, and the signs pointing the way to it were just absolutely freaking adorable.
The entrance to the panda enclosure was lined with these corny panda bears. No, I don’t know why. It sure is cute, though.
The pandas themselves were basically giant oreo-colored goobers. We saw one fall out of the tree he was climbing, because he just didn’t care.
I shall caption this next photo, “munch munch munch.”
There was a cable car connecting the two sides to this park. A lot of the park was under construction when we were there- looking at the Ocean Park site as it exists today, I can see that they’ve added a lot in the last twelve years. They have penguins and meerkats! (Thankfully, not in the same enclosure.)
I may need to go back at some point. In the years since we visited the heavily-under-construction Ocean Park, they have opened:
- “Thrill Mountain” with five more rides, one of which is a floorless rollercoaster.
- “Polar Adventure” which includes the penguins, as well as snowy owls and Arctic foxes.
- “The Rainforest” with a river rapids ride, an expedition trail, and capybaras!
- “Aqua City” expanded the aquarium out quite a lot and added a sea life carousel.
- Probably a bunch more that I didn’t catch in my reading tonight.
The cable cars took us from the animals to the rides.
The crest of the cable car line had a pretty nice view.
And then we were able to see the theme park rides ahead of us.
Once we were off the cable car, we could wander a amusement park side, between snacks and rides and things for kids.
This was a culture show with acrobatics and the like.
There were the usual thrill rides. I actually did go on the old roller coaster, which has since been converted to a virtual reality coaster. No, I don’t know what that means either.
One of my favorite things at this entire park was the adorable squid vending kiosks.
…and the squid design isn’t just to be cute- they actually sell squid there. By the way, don’t let those prices throw you off- $32 Hong Kong dollars is just over four bucks of US currency. The combo with soft drink for $42 HK dollars is about five and a half US dollars. That exchange rate is crazy.
What’s your favorite theme park?
40/52 (and 19 of 30!)