All new Ocean Park geared to excite

Ocean Park’s Thrill Mountain – Hair Raiser ride. Below, A ride within Old Hong Kong

HONG KONG’S award-winning attraction, Ocean Park is geared up to welcome guests to its premises this New Year.

A range of fun activities will be available at the venue which is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and amusement park, situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong.

The Aqua City, an immersive ocean-themed area, will feature Symbio, one of the world’s first 360-degree water screen shows, played every evening at the Lagoon. The Grand Aquarium offers an underwater journey. Guests are also invited to take a ride in the Cable Cars and catch “Ocean Wonders”, featuring dolphins and sea lions.

The Amazing Asian Animals, home to some of Asia’s most treasured creatures, like giant pandas and red pandas, gives the opportunity to mingle with Ying Ying and Le Le giant pandas.

The Polar Adventure arena features king penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, gentoo penguins, pacific walruses, spotted seals, northern sea lions and snowy owls.

Old Hong Kong is a gateway into the city’s golden age in the ‘50s to ‘70s where guests can step aboard the Heritage Tram and enjoy the food and activities of life in Hong Kong in the olden days though recreated streets and scenes.

For adventure-seekers, the Thrill Mountain offers a few adrenaline-pumping rides including “Hair Raiser”, “Rev Booster” and “The Flash”.

In order to keep up with visitor preferences, the park has introduced Halal food at the Lakeside Snacks. The dishes served are all certified by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong. From source selection to food processing, these treats comply with religious rules.

Over 110 million people have visited Hong Kong’s premier park since its inception, and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. In May 2013, Ocean Park broke its annual attendance record for the ninth time in a decade by surpassing the 7.1 million mark set last fiscal year.

Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature. Part of the proceeds from Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects.

The park has won the 2012 Applause Award, a leading theme park award, and has been included in TripAdvisor’s “Top Amusement Parks & Water Parks in Asia” list. Ocean Park also ranks 12th for attendance among thousands of amusement parks around the world by the TEA/AECOM Global Attractions Attendance Report 2012.