Day 2 in Hong Kong - Ocean Park

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

By 3PM, I got back to the Peak Tram terminal. I realized I’ll be wrapping up day 2 early so I decided to walk around and just explore the city. I found myself walking into this park on top of a mid-rise building (forgot what it was called). I walked a little bit further to kill time. I may have been tired from walking all day but I figured I still have time to go to Ocean Park. I passed through a walkway and saw four Filipinas playing cards in one corner. I asked one of them how to get to Ocean Park. She told me to get on bus 6X and ask the driver to drop me off at Ocean Park.

And I thought it was going to be easy! I waited for a bus marked 6X for almost 45 minutes. That gave me a lot of time to think about whether to postpone my Ocean Park visit or not. It was almost 4PM but the heat of the sun was still unbearable. I was getting more and more tired as I stood at the bus stop waiting.

Finally, a bus 6X arrived. Unfortunately for me, the bus driver was not very helpful. He didn’t speak English and he just told me ‘Next’. I assumed he meant that Ocean Park will be at the next stop. I did get off at the next stop but Ocean Park was nowhere in sight. I had to walk further – and I mean FURTHER – until I finally saw a glimpse of the Ocean Park logo. I was relieved but again, I had to walk for 15 more minutes under the heat of the sun.

ANYWAY, enough about my rants because once I got there, I was completely blown away. Ocean Park was much, MUCH better than Hong Kong Disneyland!

The entire park was MASSIVE. It’s like one entire island of fun rides and attractions. I didn’t know where to go first. I felt so stupid because I thought I wasn’t going to need a map. So I tried one ride after another until got lost somewhere in the middle of the park. 

One of the highlights was the cable car ride which transports majority of the park guests from one side of the mountain to the other. It's a ridiculously scary ride - definitely NOT for people who have fear of heights. The photo above shows how long and how high the ride was. It had me holding on to the bars for my dear life.

After three long hours of walking and riding and a few snacking, I definitely wanted to go home. My feet were killing me. As I was finding my way out, I saw a large group of people gathered in front of the stage. There was a show with incredible divers. I just stood there in awe:

After the show, I saw this huge Panda sign and decided to check it out. At first, I thought it was just a shop selling all things panda. Turns out, they do have real pandas inside!

I really thought I was ready to go home until I passed by the entrance of the big Aquarium. I thought, why the heck did I visit Ocean Park if I don't want to see the Aquarium. There was a long line outside and a man at the end of the line was holding a sign that says 'Wait Time: 60 Minutes'. Fortunately, I only had to wait about 45 minutes to get inside. It was worth the wait.

Next: Out and About in Hong Kong

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