We did two days at HK Disneyland, but I've already messed with the photo sequence, so I'm going to try to force some temporal order on this photo TR. So let's go on to Day 2, when we visited Ocean Park!
Take the Hong Kong MTR to Admiralty and find Exit B.
Hop on Bus 629 and it takes you right to Ocean Park.
You go up a big escalator.
And you're there. We arrived pretty early. They open the gate but then you have to wait a while before they drop the rope. It got really crowded. I read that they had to close the gates during the Chinese New Year holidays.
The place is HUGE.
We got to say hello to Tom Mehrmann before the park opened. And Walter Kerr too, but we didn't get a picture. These are some of the the people behind Ocean Park's transformation into a Applause Award Winner.
They have this crazy steampunk funicular up the mountain.
It's more like a ride than a tramway.
Thrill Mountain is this section.
There's Hair Raiser.
Great views from the queue.
It's a great coaster and it's on top of a mountain, so it's really cool. Unfortunately I hadn't worn my contact lenses and they would not allow eyeglasses, even with a good retainer. Of course nothing grinds my gears more than a no-glasses rule.
You can walk around forever. It's a huge mountain.
If you need to rest, you can sit on ice cream containers.
The Dragon is the next credit.
More great views.
There's an animal hospital and we found some dolphins.
And the classic Ocean Park credit, Wild West Mine Train.
We had not made inquiries about closures.
We'll be back when Iron Man is done at Disney.
This was a nice sea lion and seal exhibit.
Seal. But he did not perform "Kiss From a Rose" for us.
And a lot of sea lions basking in the sun. The way to tell them apart is that sea lions have external ears.
These birds were available for contact.
These birds were not available for contact.
Tuxedos was the penguin-themed restaurant.
These were penguin-theme flower topiary.
You can watch the penguins in the restaurant.
And you can measure the carbon footprint of your meal. Clever.
The Sea Jelly Spectacular was cool.
Soundtrack and colored lighting combine with jellyfish to create a spectacular show.
There was an aquarium for Chinese Sturgeon.
See how massive these fish are! There is another huge aquarium closer to the park entrance as well, but we did not visit.
Cheryl with sturgeon-themed flower topiary.
Good views from the observation tower.
We had to wait on line for this one. The park got more and more crowded during the day. Lots of mainland Chinese. But this ride didn't disappoint.
There's the Thrill Mountain section.
We were pretty exhausted from walking around so much. We took the gondolas back down the mountain.
Attempt at selfie.
These are marine mammals, happily working in captivity.
I liked this little section callled Old Hong Kong. I have a romantic image of places like Hong Kong and Singapore and what they were like back in the 1920s and 1930s, before WWII. Images of Singapore on Sentosa captures it well, if you get a chance to go there.
We hit the Panda exhibit.
And the goldfish exhibit. If you like goldfish, this is the place for you. They had a billion different varieties of goldfish.
Here's the Applause Award. Liseberg gives out this award every two years. We've been to all of the winning parks except for the defunct Opryland. Ocean Park is definitely worth a visit if you're a serious theme park enthusiast.
And one last note: We really enjoyed the food in Hong Kong. We went to Din Tai Fung the first night, and found this hole in the wall, Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop at 51 Parkes Street near Yau Ma Tei and Jordan MTR stops. We had to share a table with strangers, but it was awesome. My former student who is from Hong Kong and lives there said: "You're eating like a local!" when I posted this to Facebook. Thanks to everyone for checking out this report! More Hong Kong Disneyland to come! Next!
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