Wanting the chance to really let our hair down, Andy and I decided to head to one of the theme parks on offer in Hong Kong, Disney Land being the obvious choice. However after visiting Disney Land in Paris not even a year ago we decided to go to Ocean Park which is a mixture of a theme park, a zoo and an aquarium.
Our plan was to get up early and be there at 10 when the park opened, we got up and out the door in record time and got the MRT
to Hong Kong Island where we took the special bus put on my the theme park. Once we got there we were quite impressed with ourselves when we realized there were only about 10 other people waiting to go in. Until we realized Andy had put his watch forward by 2 hours and not 1 and we were actually an hour early! Doh!
Once we were in the park you could go into the aquarium or kid section or head for the express train or cable car to go up the mountain where the main area of the theme park was located.
We decided to head up on the cable car and the cable car up was beautiful! It took you up and around the mountain along the coast giving amazing views of the surrounding areas. Jumping off the cable car the park opened up into big rides and shows. Every roller coaster you went on had panoramic views of the Ocean and really gave the theme park a different twist to the normal parks around.
The park is also home to many animals as well as the dolphin
breeding centre, the animals are so well cared for and all the enclosures were immaculate, big and had plenty of things for the animals to do and play with. Coming from Vietnam where animals are just not cared for this was so nice to see especially the dolphin breeding centre!
We decided to go to the dolphin show which was all based around saving the dolphins and keeping the ocean clean, the show was great as the dolphins jumped around, helped ‘clean up’ the stadium and even ‘save’ their trainer.
The highlight of the day was defiantly seeing the pandas. Away from the noise of the rides at the bottom of the mountain were two Pandas that Hong Kong were given by China to celebrate them being handed back to China. They had massive enclosures and as with every panda I have ever seen one was eating and the other was sleeping.
Overall the park was so much fun and we spent the full day seeing the animals, watching shows and going on the rides and is defiantly one I would recommend!!
Tickets are about $41 although are more expensive if you get them at the gate.