Last Thursday November 8, I was invited to go to Hong Kong Ocean Park (nope just kidding, I wish!)…. actually it was the celebration of the 35th year of Ocean Park Hongkong and the launching of their Christmas Sensation – Santa Festival. It was held at Marriott Hotel in Pasay City. It was my first time to go to Marriott Hotel and I was surprised to see how big the place was (I will make a separate post about it soon).
We had a peek of what Ocean Park Hong Kong has to offer. To share it with you, here are some of the must-experience attractions at Ocean Park Hong Kong this Christmas season:
Polar Adventure, the Park’s latest attraction, bringing the North and South Poles to Asia with exciting bobsled rides and close encounters with King, Gentoo, and Rock Hopper Penguins, Snowy Owls, long-tusked Pacific walruses and other Arctic animals. Visitors can chill at the Tuxedos Restaurant, which offers a low carbon menu and a wide view of penguins frolicking in their snow covered habitat.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures features two female golden monkeys, Le Le and Hu Hu. They are the new neighbors of Giant pandas An An and Jia Jia. Jia Jia is today the oldest Giant panda under human care in the world. Come visit these animal ambassadors with your families and be inspired by their important messages of conservation.
Old Hong Kong takes visitors on a nostalgic tour of Hong Kong in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Relive Hong Kong’s unique culture in the recreated streets and scenes, which showcase the rich culture of Hong Kong, Asia’s world city. Those keen to take home a memento of the yesteryears can also shop for souvenirs that bring back the past.
Thrill Mountain lives up to its name with extreme attractions such as Hair Raiser, a floor-less roller coaster; The Flash, where visitors actually hang upside down while swinging on its pendulum arm; The Aviator, which lets guests enjoy a taste of flight; and the classic carnival thrill ride Bumper Blasters, a traditional bumper car ride for families of all ages. .
Aqua City features a breakthrough underwater experience, “Symbio!”, a multi-sensory show, presents the world’s first 360-degree water screen with dynamic projections. The Grand Aquarium overwhelms viewers with 5,000 fish from over 400 species and other aquatic wonders, seen through a large acrylic dome (at a diameter of 5.5 meters), and an enormous 8×13-meter viewing panel. Completing the underwater adventure is Neptune’s Restaurant, Hong Kong’s first aquarium restaurant that can whip up a ‘Noche Buena’ feast unlike any other.
The Rainforest is where visitors can be one with nature. Home to some of the rarest animals in the world, the Expedition Trail boasts of some of the best flora and fauna in the planet. Accompanying guests on their immersive exploration of biodiversity are dozens of avian, terrestrial and aquatic animals living inside buttress tree roots. Guests can also take an interactive boat ride through The Rapids. Meet the world’s smallest monkey and the world’s largest rodent.
Ocean Park Hong Kong is now offering a range of attractive deals for their Filipino friends. Cathay Pacific and Citibank Philippines have great offers and programs with Ocean Park now. There are also exclusive privileges worth over HK$ 208 for visitors from the Philippines, including complimentary dessert at Tuxedos Restaurant; “buy one, get one free” offers on designated souvenirs and local snacks; and 10% discount on the Dolphin Encounter program. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy these special offers, valid until February 28, 2013.
At the event they also announced a reciprocal promotional program with Enchanted Kingdom Park at Santa Rosa Laguna.
“Enchanted Kingdom is very happy and thrilled to be able to enter into a reciprocal marketing tie-up with Ocean Park Hong Kong wherein ticket, annual pass and other loyalty card holders, as well as employees and staff from both amusement facilities can avail of preferential discounted admission rates. It is definitely a “win-win” marketing strategy for both Ocean Park Hong Kong and Enchanted Kingdom, the Philippines’ first and only world-class theme park,” said Mario Mamon, Chairman & President at Enchanted Kingdom.
Catering to over 7 million guests annually, Ocean Park spans over 100 hectares with more than 80 thrill rides, attractions, animal exhibits, and educational animal shows. As part of its conservation initiatives, the Park develops Eco-friendly structures and sanctuaries to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals in its care.
One Hong Kong dollar from each paid admission ticket is donated to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK), to support research and public awareness programs for wildlife conservation in Asia. For 2011—2012, OPCFHK has funded 42 conservation projects, covering 27 species in 10 Asian countries for a total of over HK$ 5 million—all record highs. Recently, OPCFHK completed a project on assessing the effectiveness of different release strategies for the Philippine crocodiles.
About Ocean Park
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique home grown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organization, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognized for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. 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. 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.
Ocean Park – Giving Back to the Community
As Hong Kong’s People’s Park, Ocean Park has launched different community initiatives to enable Hong Kong people from all walks of life to enjoy the Park’s offerings. These initiatives include 1) concessionary admission for Hong Kong residents on their birthdays, Hong Kong residents aged 65 years and above, and holders of Registration Card for People with Disabilities; and 2) sponsored admission to individuals and members of families receiving assistance from the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme (CSSA), and Social Welfare Department member organizations. The Park also gives donation-in-kind to charitable organizations, offers special rates for school tours, and spearheads many other community caring projects. During the fiscal year of 2010-2011, Ocean Park maintained a total of 13 social care programs, with over 450,000 beneficiaries and an aggregate value to the community equivalent to HK$ 110,000,000.
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