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Very nice update! Hair Raiser looks like an excellent coaster. I really like how B&M packed so much thrill in such a little tight layout! The theming for the ride looks very nice as well. The same for Dragon as well. Looks like Ocean Park took a once average looking coaster, and turned it into a fantastic eye catching coaster, especially with its location in the park, very nice.

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Excellent report of Ocean Park, Chuck! It's a really amazing looking park and was a great day apart from the million percent humidity!

 

By the way, you may want to tweak the caption on the photo of the seal giving directions. I would say it is Larry in the photo! Mainly because I too have that photo from a slightly different angle.

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By the way, you may want to tweak the caption on the photo of the seal giving directions. I would say it is Larry in the photo! Mainly because I too have that photo from a slightly different angle.

 

Thank you--fixed.

 

Steer clear of Psycho Valley!

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Looks like Ocean Park took a once average looking coaster, and turned it into a fantastic eye catching coaster, especially with its location in the park, very nice.

 

I think the same is true for Wild West Mine Train--divorced from its setting, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun.

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Excellent report of Ocean Park, Chuck! It's a really amazing looking park and was a great day apart from the million percent humidity!

 

By the way, you may want to tweak the caption on the photo of the seal giving directions. I would say it is Larry in the photo! Mainly because I too have that photo from a slightly different angle.

 

And the fact that I developed a penchant for talking to statues in China and the person in the photo is also wearing my Florida Gator hat.

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More awesome stuff; the photos are incredible. I'll bet the views off the S&S towers must be completely insane.

 

I'm looking at this report using the Firefox browser and until a few moments ago, had no idea that was the name of a real animal. Cool!

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^Hair Raiser is unique among recent B&M coasters. They can still build a forceful ride, if that's what a park wants.

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Ocean Park was really an awesome park, easily one of my very favorites of the whole trip! They had some great rides and really well done animal exhibits in an incredibly spectacular setting. Seriously, I don't think any other park can match its setting (although Tibidabo and Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo come close.)

 

I even went back two nights later for their Halloween event (which was why one section was called Psycho Valley), and it was amazing. Totally world class and nearly on the level of Knotts and Universal, I thought! What I particularly liked about it was the unique theming they used in the mazes, including a lot of uniquely Chinese and Hong Kong themes. More on that when I get to that point in my own Asia trip report.

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^I'm very interested is seeing more of the Halloween event at Ocean Park. Hong Kong Disneyland's looked pretty promising, too.

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The Shaka Shaka Fries with "seaweed" seasoning were surprisingly good.

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^Thank you, Martin.

 

Chapter 21: A Bus, a Boat, and a Tram--Hong Kong Sightseeing

 

There was an optional sightseeing tour after we finished up at Ocean Park, and being as I'd always wanted to see Hong Kong, I went for it. This is the most "western" of the Chinese cities, which isn't surprising considering it was once under British control. People drive on the left-hand side here, and although you will hear the occasional honk of a car horn, the traffic, although busy, was much more civilized that what you see on the mainland. (Well, they have had more experience with cars in Hong Kong.) Another difference, which our guide took great pains to point out, is that it is illegal to eat dog or cat in Hong Kong. This was a relief as we were having a group dinner that evening.

 

We started our tour with a sampan ride in Hong Kong Harbor, rode the bus up to the top of Victoria Peak to check out the view, then rode a tram back down before dinner and the big laser "spectacular" (well, not quite) that evening.

 

Here's a glimpse or two of Hong Kong--a great city.

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We never saw these people again, but rumor has it that they are now slaves on a rice paddy somewhere near Chendu.

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This be our sampan captain--Captain Skull!

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And this be some of her scurvy crew.

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Wild West Mine Train dead ahead, cap'n!

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Heave to and prepare to be boarded, dogs!

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Arr, we best put our rudder to that barge in a hurry!

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Avast! Grappling hooks and cutlasses, mates--and step lively!

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Aye, this be a treacherous channel, full of skullduggery, sez I!

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Brace yerselves! They be runnin' out their guns!

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Arr, that's it, me hearties! We be scuttled!

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Andthenwetouredajewelfactory. Next.

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Welcome to Victoria Peak.

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As you can see, Hong Kong is spread out over a number of islands.

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That is, you could see this, were I not blocking the view.

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A glorious day, indeed, far away from the mainland smog.

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Time to head down.

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Dog-and-cat free--guaranteed by Hong Kong law!

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This bizarre soup was actually pretty good and tasted like a bit like blueberries.

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Cookies good.

 

Blue blocks bad.

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And now, a spectacular laser show!

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Well, sort of spectacular. I guess.

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Nice boat, though.

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Lasers aside, Hong Kong is a beautiful city--especially after dark. Who needs lasers?

 

That's all for now--next up will be Hong Kong Disneyland!

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From what I recall, the show is better on the weekends, and we were there on a week night (weak, indeed). But the nighttime views of Hong Kong reflected in the water were spectacular enough.

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