Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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Ocean Park HK enhances guests’ enjoyment with education

Aside from new attractions, the 40-year-old amusement/theme park promotes animal conservation
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Ocean Park Hong Kong’s main entrance

Every year, Ocean Park Hong Kong presents special attractions for the holiday crowd.

Among the new rides is Mine Train, a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster that has a synchronized, real-time motion, with the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR headset providing the riders a 360-degree view.

Interesting games are the VR Arcade, VR Challenges Zone and VR Forest Adventure.


The Ocean Park x Pinkoi Festive Marketplace offers various accessories and homeware products.

Guests can also enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Waterfront Plaza, which has make-believe snow, a Garden of Romance and other delightful features for all ages.

Ocean Park has been known for its Dolphin Show, in which guests watch the sea creatures perform amusing tricks.

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Hair Raiser, the famous “floorless” roller coaster, promises a thrilling ride, hurtling guests at a top speed of 88 km/hour.

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1950s Hong Kong recreated

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Mine Train takes guests on a virtual journey in the Amazon rainforest.

However, the theme park’s executive director, Vivian Lee, said that management has decided to modify the dolphin show’s theatrical content into an educational experience.

“Our animals are the best ambassadors for conservation,” said Lee, who emphasized that keeping the animals healthy and happy doesn’t mean feeding them with fish and other living creatures.

No Straw Day

As various organizations undertake campaigns to make the world a better, safer place, Ocean Park is currently implementing No Straw Day.

A project of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, No Straw Day “encourages the public to reduce their plastic straw consumption, since straws often end up in the ocean and turn into marine debris.


“Commonly mistaken as food by marine animals, plastic debris blocks the digestive tract of marine lives, often resulting in malnutrition, starvation or even death.

“While plastic litter remains in the environment for decades, it absorbs toxic substances and organic pollutants, and these chemicals and toxins enter the food chain through bio-accumulation, affecting both the ecosystem and fisheries, ultimately threatening our health.”

The campaign is in effect not only among guests in Ocean Park, but also school cafeterias and fast-food chains in Hong Kong.

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Polar Adventure

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The Whirly Bird soars over 30 feet high into the air.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

The 13-meter-wide acrylic viewing panel takes you closer to over 5,000 fishes from over 400 species.

Lee pointed out that a key factor to Ocean Park’s success is adapting to technology. She added that it’s not just continuous upgrades on the attractions, but enhancing the customer experience, as well as promoting animal welfare.

She explained that there should always be a story to tell whenever the park acquires new animals, thus, avoiding the misinterpretation of looking like a zoo.

Since it opened in 1977, Ocean Park has developed into a popular tourist destination, connecting people with nature.

What started as a nonprofit organization is now recognized for its animal husbandry, conservation and research.

The park is committed to providing the best leisure, recreational experience for guests, combining entertainment with conservation and, most importantly, education.

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They’re smaller but just as cuddly: Red pandas reside in the Giant Panda Adventure.

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An artist sketching Aqua City

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Miniature pandas in front of Giant Panda Adventure

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