Ocean Park’s biggest attraction: Pandas!
I never knew what the big deal about Pandas were until I saw them in person. Adorable does not begin to describe these big cuddly wuddly bears. They seem so docile and tame which makes you forget the fact that they can easily kill you. Keep in mind that the panda exhibit is not always open, so check the Ocean Park Website prior to your visit so you will not be disappointed.
Besides the pandas. Ocean Park’s next biggest attraction are the cable cars(famous for the ocean views).
Maybe it is the age of the cable cars but my friends and I were very scared riding during the ride. We were scared to move around and was scared when it stopped for a couple of minutes. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride on Lantau Island is much smoother. In fact I love the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride! I have ridden that a total of 5 times and I am still not tired of the views.
The view from inside the cable car. The three of us were so scared at this point we were clutching onto the pole for dear life. Not that it helps in reality, but I guess it soothed us mentally.
Finally reached the top and admired the view overlooking Repulse Bay. Notice how happy we look. We did not take the cable car down and opted for the train. =P I will not be riding this cable car ride in the future unless they upgrade to better cable cars.
I love how Ocean Park has a section dedicated to Hong Kong’s past. It was full of old buildings, props, a replica of the tram, old movie posters. It is classic 1960′s Hong Kong straight from the movies/TV Series.
My favorite picture of the day. Cindy pretending to be a rickshaw driver. She was supposed to lift me up but I was too heavy for her and she failed after trying numerous times and laughed harder after each failure. Meanwhile I was cracking up. What was even funnier was that a minute later a man lifted his wife quite easily. And then Cindy was like she was not meant to perform hard labor. =P
In front the newly built aquarium. I did not find this to be impressive. Many better aquariums in the US. The aqurium was also very crowded, be prepared to fight to look at the fishes. It is highly rated in the local magazines, so perhaps it is the best in Asia?
The dolphin and sea lion show was just okay. If you have been to Sea World in the US, you will know what I mean. The dophin and the killer whale show at Sea World was AMAZING. I would not waste my time with a show at Ocean Park unless I wanted to rest my feet.
Last photo we took that night with the monkey king. We were all smiling ear-to-ear. We all loved Ocean Park. There was also a light show at the end of the day which was interesting. But nothing spectacular. Hong Kong Disney’s fireworks are much better.
Overall: Ocean Park is a must visit if you love pandas and nice scenery. We went on a total of 1 ride and 1 trampoline jump and yet we had lots of fun just exploring the park, despite how crowded it was on a weekday.
Not recommended for people with mobility problems or small kids in strollers. Ocean Park is divided into many different levels and across several different hills, so it will be a very tiring day of walking especially if it is hot.
Transportation is easy, there is a direct bus from the Admiralty MTR station where you can also purchase your tickets as well. Or you can just cab it from Central Hong Kong for about $10USD.