The rest of my October pictures from Ocean Park Hong Kong. Featuring penguins, pandas, surly stingrays, and carnival rides. This is a long, picture-heavy post!
Most travellers would know it by now, but I still have to say it. Ocean Park is huge. HUGE! I had a full day and no sticky schedule to stick to, and still I couldn’t cover all of the attractions by evening. This is one theme park that truly gives you value-for-money. It’s also a fantastic way to test how comfortable your travel boots really are. Regrettably, mine did not exactly pass the test with flying colours.
The Waterfront (海濱樂園)
Firstly, some access information. Ocean Park has never been hard to reach, but with the opening of the MTR South Island Line, it’s easier than ever. The park is 3 minutes’ walk from MTR Ocean Park Station, with the station itself a 5-minute ride from Admiralty Station, the heart of Hong Kong Island. If you’ve pre-purchased your ticket, there you go. 10 am you’re finishing breakfast beside Queen’s Central. 10.30 am, you’re exchanging surly stares with solemn mantas.
Grand Aquarium (海洋奇觀)
About the Grand Aquarium, it’s a minute from the main entrance and in my opinion, the only “true” marine attraction of the Waterfront Segment. While this sounds to be a downer, it’s actually the real attraction of Ocean Park. The exhibits, rides, activities, and shows within the park are that varied. Even if you hate fish, there are plenty of other things to enjoy.
And … I don’t have any other decent pictures from within the Grand Aquarium. Because it’s such a difficult environment for photography! No matter how great your camera supposedly is with noise control. 😛
Pandas, Koalas, and Caesar’s Emissary!
As mentioned above, other than marine life, Ocean Park features many other wildlife displays. Without doubt, the most famous of the rest would be the giant pandas. Regrettably, I was unable to photograph An An, who’s really old and was (I think) resting in the rear alcove. Fortunately, its younger counterparts were up and about in Giant Panda Adventure enclosure. They and the rest of their friends were very receptive to being photographed and swooned over.
Ocean Park Waterfront Performances
Like all major theme parks, Ocean Park is full of performances and road shows throughout the day.
Other Areas of the Waterfront
Cable Car Ride
Since its earliest days, Ocean’s Park cable car ride has been as famous as its marine life displays. Retro in appearance and hands-down one of the most panoramic rides in Asia, if not the world, this was what I was looking forward to most. It did not disappoint.
The Summit (高峰樂園)
Maybe it’s the cable car ride, some parts of which got a little too “thrilling.” The Summit felt like a different realm altogether, one that emphasises more on carnival and thrill rides rather than cutesy animals. My time here was mostly spent just wandering about and snapping pictures whenever I could. The scaredy-cat I am, I skipped most of the thrill rides too. I found it much more entertaining guffawing at screaming people, from the comforting safety of solid ground. *wink*
By the way, if you’re waiting for pictures from Ocean Park’s world-famous Ocean Theatre performance, I’m sorry to disappoint you. The theatre was closed for maintenance that day. (I didn’t know beforehand) For me, I comforted myself by thinking, even seals and whales need their off-days! *sigh*
Never having been good with crowds or scary rides, my favourite time in any theme park is always evening. As the sun sets, the park springs to life once more with the switching on of fairy lights, taking on an ambience that’s both magical and mellow. I spent the earlier part of the evening watching various Halloween performances, some of which I’ve mentioned in my previous post. By the time it was dark, I was utterly worn out. After snapping some final pictures of Aberdeen from a vantage spot, I settled into a quiet cable car ride downhill. I ended my visit appreciating the evening colours of the Aqua City Lagoon.