Yes! After a few months of procrastination, I finally had some drive (not very much actually considering I have been tired out from the day's chores and kids' schedules) to do something about the last instalment of our Hong Kong trip in June.
We had a lot of fun and sun since the start of the trip and by the time we headed out to Ocean Park, my energy was running an all time low and I was depending on my 'reserve battery' to survive. The kids, however, were still so full of energy. That was probably the biggest puzzle for the trip, in fact, it still amazes me everyday. I suppose age is the key here? Still, we decided to make good use of the day available. We took a cab to Ocean Park (yes, we were that tired) and that was my first time seeing the skyline of Hong Kong city. I felt like I was whizzing through one of the many famous Hong Kong movies and dramas, minus the charming actors and pretty actresses of course.
We reached Ocean Park at around 10 in the morning and the crowd was already overwhelming. Coach buses arrived in batches, filled with excited tourists. And to think we thought we could escape the crowd on a weekday.
|Looks like going to Ocean Park would be a breeze once the new MTR station opens|
|Water play area just at the entrance of Ocean Park|
|The crowd was too massive to be captured in one shot.|
General admission tickets are priced at HK$320 for adults (aged 12 and above) and HK$160 for children aged 3-11. Of course, if you visit Ocean Park often enough, it warrants the purchase of SmartFun Annual pass, which ranges from HK$660-840 for adults and HK$330-420 for children.
Ocean park is really huge, much larger in scale compared to Disneyland. To maximize our time there, we had to strategize. We decided to start from The Summit, which our dear friends term it as 'the second floor' and it houses majority of the exciting rides.
|Weekday crowd. Can't imagine the crowd on weekends.|
|Lots of experiences await|
|Small eateries near the entrance|
|Aqua City Lagoon near the entrance. Apparently they have water shows at night. |
Don't think we would stay for that as the kids would be bushed before that.
|Taking a train up to The Summit|
|and it comes in the form of a submarine!|
|With dim lights in the submarine and sea-blue lights coming in through the glass panels, it sure gave the illusion that we were in a real submarine.|
|The scene on the panels on top of cabin changes, making it looked as if we were really in the sea|
|One of the many scenes on the panels.|
Upon arriving on the summit, the scorching heat ushered us to the nearest air-conditioned venue - the Ocean Park Tower. It oscillates as it ascends so it provides a good panoramic view of the whole Ocean Park.
|View of The Summit|
|View of the Pacific Pier where the seals are|
|What a view!|
|The popular 'The Abyss' and 'The Dragon'|
Next up, Pacific Pier which was just beside the Ocean Park Tower.
|We did not make it for the feeding but were blessed enough to see the caretaker feed the seals. |
An endearing sight.
|Comprehensive information panels along the enclosure|
|Like it that they have elevated spots for young children|
|Can you spot the seals? The weather that day was burning hot that I think I spent more time imagining myself swimming in the cool water than looking at the seals.|
|A huge information book explaining more about the seals|
|Information panels along the air-conditioned walkway to the viewing gallery|
|We could spend the whole day here...in the cool. |
Kids chased the seals as they swam by, many times...a clear sign of pure enjoyment.
|The sheltered walkway into the Rainforest is located just beside The Rapids. From the walkway, one can use of the water-guns and aim at passengers on the rafts. As if as they were not wet enough already.|
|The kids trying their hands at the water-guns.|
|Some of the animals we saw at The Rainforest - an Iguana|
|An electric eel|
Next we headed to The South and North Poles sections. On our way there, we passed by many rides, all of which are too scary for the kids. And for me too. My older daughter was trying to coax me to get onto one of those rides just so that she could see me in one since she didn't meet the height requirement. This little girl has been on more roller coaster rides than me. Yes, I admit it. I am a coward and I am proud to be one. Getting on those rides is just not for me. Needless to say, I refused her requests at all costs. I did spend a large part of my time staring at those brave souls, in amazement. (and the long queue for each of those rides, with a minimum waiting time of 2 hours!!)
|All ready to be thrown around...|
|Definitely not for me - all those feet dangling stunts...|
|Roller coaster overhead. Lots of screams accompanying it.|
|Trampoline. A more sane option among the thrill rides. A pity the kids did not make the height limit.|
|The one and only polar bear in the North Pole Spectacular|
|Crowd moved very quickly even though it was massive|
|Massive crowd...all eager to catch a glimpse of the few seals there|
|Underground viewing gallery|
|Love how this seal chose to snuggle in the tight gap in the overhead glass gallery|
|Interesting informative panels along the path|
When we 'touched down', we were greeted by traditional stores deco - which brought us back to the good old rustic Hong Kong.
|Children trying to sell their plastic vegetables.|
|The display of colourful posters adds charm to the alley|
|Old Hong Kong tram|
|Some of the stalls are games stalls. Try it!|
|The gentle giant|
|One word - Adorable|
|Fascinated by the hands on learning|
|The 'sounds' of communication|
|Just had to go near to the 'Happy Shark' cafe while on the way out.|
|Yummy pastries await|
|Just too cute to be eaten|
5pm. All were tired but never too tired for some appetizing snacks. The next time we go, we would be sure to cover more areas. Preferably not in the scorching heat again.