Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ocean Park Hong Kong - Day 3 & 4

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On our 3rd day we went to Ocean Park Hong Kong. David's fever didn't come back anymore and everyone was excited. We arrived in Ocean Park at about 10 in the morning. The park just opened and there wasn't too many people yet.

The plan was to go through the rides in the morning, since it was always sunny in the morning, and then go see the Panda and the Grand Aquarium in the afternoon, when it was sure to rain.

So we did just that. We rode the cable car going to the other half of the theme park where all the rides are.

Our first ride was the Ocean Park Tower. This gives us a good view of this side of the park.

There are a couple small exhibits in this side of the park. The first one we went to is the The Chinese Sturgeon Aquarium.

After the aquariums, we rode the Ferris Wheel.

My wife and I rode the Dragon ride while the kids ate ice cream with their lola. This was the only thrill ride we were able to go to.

After this we went to the Sea Jelly Spectacular Exhibit. This is where Manila Ocean Park got their inspiration for the Jelly Exhibit back in Manila.

Right after the Sea Jelly Exhibit, we went to the Bayview Restaurant which was totally packed! We had to get a number to get a seat and there were about 20 people before us. So we decided to just go and find another one, thinking there was another restaurant above it. So we went up, and found the cable cars going back to the other side of the park. We asked a maintenance crew how to go up to the Terrace Cafe, which on the map says was right on top of Bayview Restaurant. The maintenance crew impatiently told us that we had to go in through the restaurant to go to the cafe. So we went in and at that exact time, our number was called. Problem solved!

After we ate, my son and I went to the bumper car ride while the rest of the family finished their food. It started drizzling while we were lined up for the bumber cars, but still were able to finish it. We went back to the group and we decided to ride the Cable car back to the other side of the park.

While we were in the Cable Cars, the rain started pouring! Good thing we brought our Disneyland rain coats. We put them on then went straight to the Panda Exhibit. While we were in there, it rained harder and harder. They had to stop all the rides including the Cable Cars. The panda exhibit was packed with people waiting out the rain. The sound of the rain hitting the glass roof was deafening. It even woke up the Pandas, which, I admit, made it more exciting.

After about an hour, the rain stopped.

We decided to go to the Grand Aquarium before it rained again. The line to the Grand Aquarium started building up when we got there and people started getting impatient. A lot of them, mostly old chinese tourists, started cutting in line. We had to block their way to stop them from getting in front of us. Some had the nerve go through the ropes until the guards came in and forced them out of the line. It was a mess, but the Aquarium was awesome!

I ran out of batteries in the middle of the aquarium so I only had these pictures.

The next day, we still had time to do some shopping in the morning before our flight back to Manila at 6pm. We just went around Harbor City until about 1pm and went back to the hotel.

Left the hotel at about 2 for the airport and then back to Manila by 8pm.


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