Hongkong Tour (Day 5) : Have Fun at Ocean Park
Unconsiously its already the 5th day of my trip traveling around Shenzhen, Hongkong and Macau. After pleased having fun at Disneyland Hongkong yesterday, today i go to another themed park called Ocean Park. Actually, before went to Hongkong, we had a very difficult choice about which place we want to choose as our destination for the 5th day. Because there is not enough time, we must choose between Ngong Ping 360 or Ocean Park. After several days of discussion with my friends, finally we decide to go to Ocean Park.
For you who never heard about Ocean Park, this park is the combination of oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park. Ocean Park is original Hongkong’s themed park. The park has won several awards, including The World’s Seventh Most Popular Amusement Park and 33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World by Forbes.
Transportation to Ocean Park
To get to Ocean Park, there are special bus routes to the Ocean Park number 629 (HK$ 10.60) at Admiralty Bus Terminal. This station is right beside the MTR station. Just get out of the Admiralty MTR station and takes exit B. Take this bus to Ocean Park. It’s need about 20 minutes to arrive.
Ocean Park Admission Ticket
Ocean Park admission ticket can be purchased online. I myself bought the Ocean Park admission tickets online through Taobao.com because it is much cheaper.
Here’s Ocean Park admission ticket prices list :
Adult (aged 12 or above) : HK$280
Child (aged 3-11) : HK$140
Under 3, Over 65 (with HKID), Holder of Registration Card for people with Disabilities and Hong Kong residents (with HKID) visiting on birthday are FREE to enter Ocean Park.
Have Fun at Ocean Park
Just like Disneyland, when you entering the entrance gate, your bags will be checked by officers. Not like in Disneyland, this time my foods such as bread and snacks are not allowed to enter. Because the way of examination are not too tight, I then tried to find a way to get pass through the examination. I finally put the foods on the bottom of the jacket in the bag. The result, i successfully pass through the examination.
The park is separated by a large mountain into two areas, The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland) respectively. The Waterfront is an area where you are when entering the park for the first time. In The Waterfront you can find animals and some attractions for kids. In the center area of The Waterfront there also a lake where the musical show at nights. While the other area The Summit (Headland) is the area behind the mountain. To move between these areas you must use Cable Car, or can also use Ocean Express train through the mountains (a train that we feel like in a submarine inside).
Personally, after enter the entrace gate i directly go to The Summit first. After try all attractions at The Summit until 6 o’clock, i finally spent my remaining time at The Waterfront at night.
Tips : Take the cable car first on your departure to The Summit and return by Ocean Express train to The Waterfront. Because at afternoon the cable car queue is very long.
Under normal circumstances, you would have enough time to enjoy all the rides or attractions in this park. What I imagine when entering the park is very different from reality. The World’s Seventh Most Popular Amusement Park becomes a big question for me. Today the park is very quiet. There are very few people come here. The situation is certainly very contrast when compared to when I were at Disneyland yesterday. Even when i ride the most popular roller coaster (The Dragon), I do not need to queue at all. However i heard that this park is very crowded at Sunday and Holiday Season.
Today I tried almost all of attractions in this park.
Below are the the most favorite attractions based on my opinion :
The Waterfront (Lowland)
- Giant Aquarium (Aqua City)
Seaworld version of Ocean Park. This aquarium is Southeast Asia’s largest and newest aquarium, a massive 3-storey attraction that will house 5,000 fish from 400 species.
- Skyfair (Aqua City)
- Giant Panda Adventure (Amazing Asian Animals)
An purpose-built habitat that houses rare giant pandas. Inside there are 2 pieces of pandas from China were napping or eating bamboo.
- Goldfish Treasures (Amazing Asian Animals)
A goldfish pavilion featuring the latest and rarest varieties like the Black Oranda and Blue Phoenix Eggfish. Educates visitors on the history and importance of the goldfish in Chinese culture.
The Summit (Headland)
- The Flash (Thrill Mountain)
A ride that spins you up to 22 metres into to air, rotated 360 degrees by robot arm. It is recommended for those who love a challenge.
- Hair Raiser (Thrill Mountain)
A massive floor-less roller coaster that brings you up to a stunning 4G, it includes many 360 degrees loops, half loops and corkscrews.
- The Rapids (Rainforest)
An exciting rafing game in Rainforest area. Be prepared for wet because there are some water shots from above.
- Sea Jelly Spectacular (Marine World)
Showcases an underwater ‘garden’ of over 1,000 sea jellies from around the globe, set to the latest lighting, music and multimedia special effects.
- The Abyss Turbo Drop (Marine World)
Raises passengers up 62 metres in 20-25 seconds before thrusting them downward at speeds of up to 65 km/h, even faster than freefalling. The sensation can only be felt in the stomach.
- The Dragon (Marine World)
Hong Kong’s largest roller coaster with a maximum speed of 77 km/h. Twists 360° through two giant loops over 842 metres of track
- Ocean Theatre (Marine World)
A performances of dolphins and seals in a pool
- Ocean Park Tower (Adventure Land)
One of the tallest observation towers in Southeast Asia. Rises 200 metres above sea level with a rotating observation deck at the top offering 360° views of the South China Sea.
- Mine Train (Adventure Land)
A steel “mine train” roller coaster perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking Aberdeen Harbour. Boasts 678 metres of track and stands 85 metres tall at its highest point.
- Raging River (Adventure Land)
A refreshing water ride that takes passengers through tropical waterfalls, narrow ravines and finishes by shooting them down a slide at almost 60 km/h.
Do not forget, before the closing theme park around 7 pm there is a water fountain show at Whisker’s Harbour.
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