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Wong Chuk Hang

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  • Day6

    Ocean Park part 1

    August 13, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    What a big, fun, hot amazing day we have had. The Ocean Park is a huge theme park on the other side of Hong Kong island. You have to get around it by cable car or train, it's so big. We did a lot of walking too!

    The rides were great. Sometimes we had to wait a long time but mostly it wasn't bad. In between we went into the South Pole and North Pole exhibits to cool down!

    Sam and Mum went on the scariest rollercoaster with multiple loop-the-loops. Sam was the littlest in the line, just making it to the height limit, and everyone thought he was very cute and brave. Mum screamed the loudest!

    We have lots of amazing animal pictures to share next...
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  • Day6

    Ocean Park part 2- some firsts!

    August 13, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Incredible animal pictures will show you for themselves. For the very first time we saw in real life a sloth, walrus, huge jellyfish, Arctic fox and PANDAS!!!!! It was very special.

    The male panda was awake and eating, which is lucky for us as they sleep more than 12 hours a day. The female panda was sleeping. She is going to have a baby next year so she needs her rest.Read more

  • Day8

    Ocean Park

    June 2, 2017 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Ich finde ja ein Freizeitpark ist kein Freizeitpark und kein Freizeitpark wäre auf jeden Fall einer zuwenig, daher machen wir uns heute auf den Weg zum Freizeitpark Nr. 2 dieses Trips, dem Hongkonger Ocean Park.

    Wir als fleißige Wassertrinker haben natürlich schon im Vorfeld herausgefunden, dass der Konsum von Mineralwasser der richtigen Marke zu deutlich reduzierten Eintrittskarten führt. So stehen wir also mit abgelösten Etiketten der Wasserflaschen bewaffnet an der Kassa, um so unseren Konsum auch entsprechend nachweisen zu können. Doch so leichtgläubig ist eine erfahrene Ocean Park Kassiererin nicht - wir müssten schon einen entsprechenden Kaufbeleg für das Wasser vorweisen - da könnte doch sonst jeder kommen. Challenge (1) accepted. Jetzt hat uns der sportliche Ehrgeiz gepackt, wir also zurück zur U-Bahn Station, zwei Flaschen Wasser gekauft, auf den Kassazettel bestanden, zurück zum Ticketschalter und - na bitte geht doch.

    Der darauf folgende Security weist uns dann durch mittelmäßig geschickte Zeichensprache (so gewinnt der nie bei Activity) darauf hin, dass er nun zwar uns, den mitgebrachten Pausenbroten aber beim besten Willen keinen Einlass gewähren könne. Challenge (2) accepted. Ein Brot stopfe ich mir also postwendend in mein süßes Goscherl, das zweite fest in Andys Handtasche und - na bitte geht doch.

    Der Park selbst erweist sich dann als eine witzige Mischung aus Zoo und Freizeitpark. Malerisch an der Küste auf zwei Ebenen angelegt und mit einer Gondelbahn verbunden, könnte der Park ein wahres Schmuckstück sein. Vergnügt besuchen wir die Panda- und Koala-Bären, schauen uns die große Delphin-Show an und fahren mit der einen oder anderen Hochschaubahn. Leider wird viel renoviert, wodurch die eine oder andere Attraktion geschlossen ist. Leider wurde in den letzten Jahren jedoch scheinbar viel zu wenig renoviert, so wirkt der Park für meinen Geschmack doch deutlich in die Jahre gekommen und ein wenig schmuddelig. Schade irgendwie.
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  • Day4

    Ocean Park & The Peak

    March 9, 2009 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    oday was the day allocated to the little one, we had to decide between Disneyland HK or Ocean Park, we opted for the last one considering we had visited Disneyland California less than a year ago with some really bad memories due to the crowds, lanes etc etc.

    This time we had breakky at McDonalds and then by train to central station, from there we caught the 629 bus to Ocean Park.

    The bus didn't drop us at the main gate but at a gate located close to the Adventure land section of the park (Tai Shue Wan), quite convenient because it wasn't that crowded. One of the first rides we took was the Raging river, then a series of long escalators took us to an upper level where we headed to the Ocean Theatre for the dolphin and Seals show.

    I must admit the show was a total disappointment, other than the initial Latin music played by some Mexican folks the dolphin show was totally embarrassing, the dolphins didn't seem to follow any orders and acted randomly unlike anything we experienced before at Sea World back in Gold Coast or the one at Sea World San Diego. The Seals looked more tamed and put up a good show.

    Disappointed with the dolphin fiasco we went to the the Marine World, here we found the big thrills starting by the Abyss and the Dragon, yes that's what we were here for......

    Some lunch after recovering our breath and then to the cable car to the lower section of the park. The cable car offers superb views of Repulse bay and the South China sea.

    At the bottom section of the park we visited the Madagascar 2 display the Panda exhibit (much easier to see pandas here than in San Diego zoo) and then we went to the Whiskers Theatre to see a show, quite funny even though it was in Chinese we got most of what was happening.

    The skies weren't blue at all but the fog had gone so we decided to visit the Peak again, getting on bus 629 back to the city we experienced the terrible traffic jams in HK.

    Back on the Peak and as expected the views were incredibly amazing, HK city, Kowloon peninsula, Wan Chai, Causeway bay..... we waited there after dusk we had a view to the city at night and the wait paid off, the city is even more beautiful at night............I couldn't be any happier
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  • Day4

    Ocean Park Hong Kong

    July 22, 2011 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C


    After being somewhat underwhelmed by Disneyland, we elected to use today to venture off to Ocean Park; an awesomely designed themepark on the peaks of Hong Kong. Its divided into two levels, one at the bottom of the mountain, and the other atop the peaks. To get between the two you have the option of a cable car, or express tram. The former is much more spectacular, if you're willing to wait in line..
    Crowds were again a problem as far as getting onto rides goes. We managed to get onto two, one being the Mine Car Rollercoaser, and the other the Wild Log ride. The mine car was awesome, a roller coaster with a most spectacular view! The second ride, was an excuse to get soaked, with the standard fun drop at the end. Aside from these rides, we managed to see the aquarium, panda exhibits and bird show. The downside was, it was all a bit rushed. We got transported there via tour, arriving 11.30am for pick up 4.45pm. We spent half of the time in queues or trapsing all over the massive scale of the theme park in ridiculous crowds at 35c and intense humidity.

    Having rushed around so much over the first few days, we elected to finish our Hong Kong adventure (or so we would think...) with a Night Cruise/boat ride on Victoria Harbour for the light show. This was most spectacular, arguably my favourite activity of Hong Kong. Finally just chilling out with a glass of wine and breathtaking view was a well received relief.
    So in conclusion, some perceptions on Hong Kong, the people, lifestyles and general observations:
    - Umbrellas: Everywhere. Everyone has them! I mean really? Are these THAT neccessary??? Yes its hot and sunny, but a bit of Vitamin D dosnt go astray. The amount of times I was near decapitated by vicious umbrella movements was utterly countless.
    - Rudeness and naivity: I'd always considered that Hong Kong would have a polite and courteous nature. Alas, it appears these concepts are utterly foreign to so many that live here. Its not as if people are purposely rude here, its just that the very idea of considering the well being of another person in their vacinity never even registers. Queue courtesy, personal space, just the ability to line up, be patient. Time and time again, clerks and hospitality staff must have noticed an appauled or bemused look of disgust on our faces collectively. Pushy times!
    - Midget fever: I think this must have been one of the first times that Natalie felt TALL. Often she was the next tallest in a crowd behind me. The amount of buildings/ rides or locations I had to almost get on all fours to get through was vast. It took me about 5minutes to get on the Space Mountain ride at Disneyland, and by the time that happened, and my knees were beside my ears, I was ducking with fear at the constant beams hurtling towards my head.
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  • Day4

    Panda Zookeepers

    July 13, 2015 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    So alarm went off at 6.30 and we rather groggily got ourselves up and dressed. Went into the Club Lounge for breakfast which was decent, cereal toast, bacon and other more oriental dishes. And coffee! Ed lovd the curry dishes for breakfast with rice.

    Finished about 7.40, packed a rucksack then headed downstairs to get a cab as reception last night had warned it could take 45 minutes or so to get to Ocean Park. Cab journey was fine, though cabby scarily multitasked quite a lot whilst driving, sorting out his wallet etc and took corners at some fairly tight speeds. But traffic was good so we got there in about 25 minutes at 8.15.

    Nothing was open then, so we sat on a bench and waited. It was already very hot and incredibly humid. Kids started complaining as tiredness and humidity combined. The toilets were opened about 8.30 and provided some respite as they were partly air conditioned.

    A minute or two after 9 the chains were unlocked and we climbed the steps up to the main entrance area and met our panda conservationist outside the conservation hut. She helped us sort out the tickets which, due to the date change took a bit longer than planned. We were still into the park just before 9.30, over half an hour before it opened at 10 to the general public.

    We went to a classroom and got changed into our panda keeper overalls. All loose items (watches, wallets etc) were removed, presumably so they didn't get left in the enclosures. After a couple of bigger sizes were obtained, we were kitted out and went into the back area of the panda enclosure. We met one of the keepers who talked to us throughout the time about the pandas. We were taken into the kitchen area and Ed weighed some fibre biscuits that the pandas would be fed later. We then made apple and bamboo kebabs, Ed chopped an apple into quarters and we each had one which we sliced into chunks and skewered onto a bamboo leaf skewer. Apparently pandas love sweet things like apples. They also get some other fruits to supplement their main bamboo diet. We were shown toys that the food is put in to enrich the panda’s lives by making them find it.

    The moment then arrived, out of the kitchen, a door was slid back and behind a cage door was Le Le the panda. A keeper showed how he is trained to touch a padded stick with his nose and hold the bars with his paws. Good behaviour is rewarded with a piece of apple. This was needed so that the pandas could move properly if a vet needed to examine them.

    Le Le then went into the next door enclosure where there were some big scales and he was weighed. We guessed around 200lbs, but he was actual about 120lbs, normal for an adult male (females less at 90). We each took our skewer and in turn held it through the bars for Le Le to nibble the apple pieces then eventually grab the whole stalk and eat it. We had hand fed a panda - not many people can say that!

    We then went into the enclosure and laid out some piles of bamboo. Back outside then Le Le was let out. He hunted for the bamboo and then sat down to eat - photo time!

    Backstage with the red pandas next. We had seen the pair at Whipsnade before, but not as close as this. They use their tails for balance and also like a scarf to keep warm in winter. There are also different species of red panda that live in different areas and are different sizes.

    Back to the panda enclosure and whilst Le Le was outside eating his food we cleaned up the old bamboo and swept up his poo! Finally we saw the bamboo cold store - 2 deliveries of fresh bamboo a week from China, each panda gets through about 30kg a day (eating about 20 of it). They like different types of bamboo depending on the season.

    Our visit was over and we changed back into normal clothes then spent some time with our original guide explaining the problems pandas now face and some of the conservation work being done. A big thing is to stop using bamboo chopsticks - probably more aimed at the Eastern rather than Western visitors. We chose our panda photos, but decided to leave purchasing more (cuddly!) stuff until later in the day to avoid carrying it around.

    After a much needed drink we looked around the rest of the park. Two more much older pandas are in a different section, we saw the oldest panda in the world, 37 next week. This is equivalent to over 100 years in human terms.

    We visited the aquarium, went to get a map and were entertained by a balloon artist, who somehow put a nail through a balloon, then got Ed to try with less good results. We tried the carousel, but for some reason (possibly because Ed was bad at getting on the Orca) I had to sit with him. The ride was pretty slow and certainly didn't warrant the seatbelt I had to wear.

    Then got the big cable car to the Summit area. Saw a Sea Jelly exhibit with lots of crazy jellyfish (lots of tanks and mirrors and UV lights made it hard to walk around as was quite disorienting), then into the shark exhibition - pandas aside this was the best bit, lots of big sharks and rays in the large tank.

    Some food then, fried chicken, then Tash and I went on the Pirate Galleon ride, good as ever. By now we were getting tired so headed back over the cable car to the Waterfront area. We, of course, revisited the panda shop and got various cuddly pandas, red pandas and other souvenirs, then went in for one last look at Le Le, this time just as normal customers, before heading out.

    Joined the queue for taxis, the short one was no good as was only for going to Hong Kong island, not through the tunnel to Kowloon where we were staying. The much longer queue for 'tunnel' taxis moved slowly as about 1 in 10 cabs were coming our way. Took about half an hour to get in one, then another 30 minutes to get back to the hotel. Tash and Ed complained about the fact they were leaning on each other, then 10 minutes into the trip things went quiet as they fell asleep - leaning on each other’s shoulders!

    Back at the hotel the Club Lounge had a great array of food and drink, which we devoured. Then went up to the roof top pool on the 42nd floor. Nice pool and hot tub. Then back via lounge drinks fridge to room, in bed by 9.30, ready for tomorrow.
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