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The number of hours we spent in this park was too short. We rushed thru World of Amazing Asian Animals. We only spent 4 hours in the park. I strongly recommend another 2 to 3 hours to cover the park more comprehensively.
If you wanted to watch the show in the park, you need to be at least half an hour or 20 mins early to grab sit.
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The above are some travel tips I could share based on my own experience. Read on to find out more of what we did in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Trip Day 3 Morning
The highlight on Hong Kong Trip Day 3 is none other than Ocean Park. We purposely planned this itinerary earlier so that in case of rain we still have another day to cover.
Probably due to the Day 2 great fun at Disneyland and the sumptuous dinner that drained all of us out, we woke up rather late that morning. So we hadn’t had time for a proper breakfast other than some bread and bun picked up from a confectionery a few shops from the hotel. We thought that brunch may be a better idea, so as headed for 尖沙咀MTR station we decided to look for a restaurant before the Ocean Park tour.
As we strolled past along Park Lane Shopping Mall where there is a long stretch of shops selling vast variety of goods (footwear, clothing, jewellery shops, dried food stuff, etc), Yvette couldn’t hold her activeness anymore and there she went walking, occasionally tripping over, and we chased behind….
Hong Kong Trip Day 3 Brunch
Finally we reached a traffic junction where尖沙咀MTR station is situated. We tried our luck by crossing over to the left side of the street since there appeared to have some signboards of eateries and restaurants. Indeed we came across some small eateries, but found that they were mostly warm, congested and non-child friendly. Just when we were about to fall back to fast food, my wife spotted a decent restaurant called 翠华餐厅, one that looks spacious enough, air-con and patronized by working crowd. This is just in time to save us from more walk and most importantly a hungry Yvette.
It is a typical HK restaurant with wall-side seat arranged in a back-to-back manner showcased in typical HK serial scene. Of course we had no time to eavesdrop as the time then was 12+. We ordered a hotplate of Sheng-Mian with prawns, a hotplate of fried Udon with Pork Rib, a plate of Kai-Lan and a cup of Homemade Barley Drink. Yvette had a portion of the Sheng-Mian but she was keener towards the other objects on the table. While Yvette was keeping herself occupied, my wife was also busy bringing her up and down for a few toilets breaks….
After lunch, we headed for the MTR station and boarded a train to 金钟 station.
Typical Hong Kong construction set up
Next to exit of this 金钟 station there situated the ticket station cum bus station to Ocean Park (bus 629). We only had to buy 2 tickets for adult since child below 3 years old is free entry. The bus fare could be paid by the 八达fare card which was convenient for us.
Hong Kong Trip Day 3 Ocean Park
There were actually 2 entrance points into Ocean Park – the main entrance and the 大树湾entrance. At the end of the 20 minutes bus journey, the bus took us to 大树湾 entrance situated at the bottom of the hill. It was about 2:15pm then.
Our first stop was to the Aviary Park which was like a mini bird park. Yvette was thrilled when she saw those birds inside the park. Walking up and down the stairs in this mini park posted some danger at least to me. The stairs were too steep. There were several water patches on the floor. I am concern over the bird shit too. -.-!!! We carried Yvette most of the time due to those concerns I had. Perhaps Yvette could sense the danger; she didn’t resist much when we carried her. But she was really energized by the running water inside the park.
We wanted to catch the 3:30pm Dolphin Show at Ocean Theatre so we hurriedly took the 4 layers of hill escalators up till we finally reached the Pacific Pier at the hill top. We took some pictures along our way too.
Again, when we reached the top, Yvette wanted to explore everything that presented in front of her. She was mobile and really can’t stop her from walking and running. Her energy seems so endless that it is sometimes so difficult to keep up with her. Worst still, she really do not have a concept of danger.
By 3pm, we just managed to grab 2 seats at the side of the Ocean Theatre as the crowd was already settled. The leg room was poor but at least better off than late comers who have to sit on the stairway though being warned not to.
First there were the welcome Latin songs. Then it came the flagship dolphin performance, and I was busily snapping photos at the jumping dolphins that I forgot to enjoy the show. Yvette and my wife were busily munching the pop corn. 🙂
At some point I realized the dolphin stuns were almost monotonous and no point photographing more. Re-focusing on the show, it was time for the seal show. When the show had ended, we took advantage of the proximity from the exit and departed from Ocean Theatre quickly. Yvette must have been too exhausted by then and my wife breastfed her to sleep.
Our next stop was the Atoll Reef which was like our Underwater World. It has proven to be another popular spot as seen from the long queue of crowd. We spent a brief 10 to 15mins just to have a glimpse of every aquarium while battling through the crowd…
It was around 4:30pm. We rushed for the Cable Car station to cross over to the main entrance side to visit World of Amazing Asian Animals, where the pandas are. The queue to board the vehicle took 15mins and the cable car journey took only about 10minutes.
It was slightly past 5pm when we touched down on the destination. We stopped by the amusement park area and I did the hammer-bell game and donated HKD 20 for fun.
We hurried to the Panda Village to have a close encounter with the rare species. Only saw An-An who was more active. And Yvette was pointing to An-An and keep uttering “wow” and “bear”.
The time was fast approaching 5:45PM and the closing time for Ocean Park was merely 15min away, and the sky appeared really dark. We easily figured out the 629 bus stop location by arrow signs along the road. A long queue was already waiting and later filled the bus before we could even board it. We didn’t get the seat but a kind soul offered his seat to my wife & Yvette. Soon the bus moved on and we bid good bye Ocean Park.