Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ocean Park, Hong Kong

We (my husband Shervin, my sister Gabe and I) did a mad dash through Hong Kong's MTR stations, from the Tung Chung Line to the Island Line. It was already 2:30 PM and we were still at Central Station, waiting for the train to Admiralty. Earlier that day we went to Lantau Island to see the Giant Buddha. It was a very brief visit, we didn't even have time to stop for lunch.

So there I was on the platform, drained and famished. The instant noodles I had for breakfast, obviously has long been digested by my stomach.

At Ocean Park's entrance

Admiralty is just a station away from Central. Thank goodness the next train picked us up in just a couple of minutes. When we arrived at Admiralty, we bought a few sandwiches and drinks from 7-11 before heading to Exit B.

Once you've exited the station, just walk a few meters to the left and you will see an Ocean Park Booth. In front of it is the queue for Bus 629, which will take you directly to the park (about 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic). HK$10.60 each person, one way.

We ate our light lunch (HK$28.80 already for three) while sitting on a bench across Tai Shue Wan entrance before purchasing tickets. Admission fee is HK$250 and HK$125 for children aged 3-11. 3 below can come in for free. We got a 10% off the regular price. It was/is (check if this promo is still available) one of the benefits of getting an Airport Express Travel Pass.

Our original Hong Kong itinerary did not include Ocean Park. My sister, who tagged along the last minute, told us she wanted to celebrate her birthday either in Disneyland or Ocean Park. The primary reason why I chose the latter is, it houses a Giant Panda!

The park is divided into two parts: The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland). We accessed the park through the Tai Shue Wan entrance, which led us to The Summit. The Giant Panda Experience unfortunately is located at The Waterfront. We literally ran towards the Ocean Express, a train that shuttles guests to and fro the two main lands. We made sure we see the Giant Panda first before doing anything else!

It would be awesome to see them in their natural habitat, but this will do.

Aboard the cable car going back to The Summit. Pinay Travel Junkie's confession: "I cried over a panda."

Our second cable car ride for the day.

Ocean Park is not only recommended to amusement park fanatics, but also to non-divers who are eager to witness marine life up close without submerging in the open sea. Back at The Summit we visited the Atoll Reef, a four-story-high aquarium that does not disappoint.

Sleeping shark caught on cam.

For thrill-seekers, there's a plethora of rides to choose from, though my sister and I only tried one - the Mine Train.

Shervin, feeling more adventurous, also rode the dizzying Space wheel.

We roamed around Ocean Park for three hours. It may seem like a long period, but it's not even close to being enough. We went back to the station where our bus dropped us off and waited for the last trip back to Admiralty. I was weary, and I oddly felt jetlagged. Perhaps because of the countless escalator rides we took that day. From the hectic Mid-Levels, to the confusing MTR escalators, to the steep Ocean Park escalators. And it didn't help that we haven't had a decent meal the whole day.

But we are proud of what we've accomplished. Tian Tan Buddha and Ocean Park in one day! My sister said it was her best birthday ever, and that's what matters. And oh, before we went back to Will and Melody's place, we bought fries from Jollibee as per her request.


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David said...
January 29, 2010 at 4:35 AM

I would like to know when is the best time to visit Ocean Park all seasons. I would like to go on a day with the fewest people and when the weather is stand-able.Thanks!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Ocean Park is actually pretty crowded every day of the week. But I've noticed that most visitors just lounge around during the last two hours before closing time (I'm assuming they've been there since morning). That's your chance to catch rides without queueing for ages!

Karla Stride said...
June 5, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Yay! Thanks for this post gurl. I think we will skip Disney since we want to see the Panda bear more! Move over Mickey Mouse. hehehe

Try kaya namin tom itinerary nyo Tian Tian Buddha & Ocean Park in 1 day. Pero no lunch? *faints* Sunday pati so for sure super busy. Bahala na si Batman kung magigising kami maaga later. 1am na pala hehehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
June 5, 2011 at 5:15 AM

Maybe we can all go to Disney someday! But only when Luna is walking by herself na. Hahaha! You can certainly do the Big Buddha and Ocean Park in one day. Start early na lang :)

Markyramone said...
June 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I'll skip Disneyland too (balik ako dun pag may 'tyler kerouac' baby in tow na)...i'll visit Ocean Park together with the Giant Buddah at Lantau on my 2nd day perhaps.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
June 7, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Will be visiting Disneyland with Luna someday, sabay tayo. Bring Tyler.

ayan said...
June 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

were also going there next week. choosing between disney and op. siguro op na lang

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
June 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Ocean Park na lang :) I reckon mas okay ang Disney pag may kasamang mga chikiting.

ZehnRe said...
July 17, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I love to go there. How much did you cost for it? Planning to go there this Semestral Break. lol.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I can't exactly remember, to be honest. Lol. But I still got a ballpark figure of the costs of admissions and food and transpo. I could help you out with that :)

ZehnRe said...
July 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Okay, I hope it will not cost too much. lol. Now, I'm excited to go there. ^_^

timothyriva said...
May 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Saan kayo nagstay sa hk? May mura ba? Maraming salamat

timothyriva said...
May 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Saan kayo nagstay sa hk? May mura ba? Maraming salamat

timothyriva said...
May 15, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Saan kayo nagstay sa hk? May mura ba? Maraming salamat

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