Pandas ? at the Ocean Park ?

Trip Start May 30, 2012
Trip End Jun 12, 2012

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Ocean Park Hong Kong
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 4: North Point to Central MTR line. Alighted at Admiralty Station.

IMPORTANT: Buy your tickets at the MTR counter for Ocean Park. A neat 15% discount on the ticket price purchased at the counters. Check webpage for updated ticket rates. Took the shuttle bus to Ocean Park. Drops you off at the foyer.

Note: Park staff inspected our bags and mentioned that outside food/drink is not allowed. But they go no further and allowed us to take it in. Could be a standard protocol with an exception on the day of our visit.

The KLCC Aquaria in KL, Malaysia is far better than this one and the Underwater World in Singapore when it comes to the sharks and big fish.

We went for the Pandas, primarily.  Thambu loves Pandas and we were not disappointed. There are two couples (Panda Village and Sichuan Treasures complexes). Both pairs were flat out asleep in the morning. The afternoon was better. One of the pandas was quite active, sat himself square amidst a heap of bamboo and scrunched away. On the third walk by the panda enclosure (told you we were crazy bout them), the male was quite active and walking about the cage. All in all, a satisfactory visit. We had planned Chengdu where the Pandas could be observed in their natural habitat. Visas were not available due to a sudden shift in China Immigration Policy. So that's for another day.

Be prepared to walk up (rather unnecessarily crafted) long, steep and winding paths between attractions within the Ocean Park. The Cable Car ride is definitely worth it (included in the ticket. no additional charge).

The day ended with a sound and light show at the Ocean Park lagoon near the entry/exit. A tale of water and fire dragons sparing at first and then attaining harmony. A bit tacky, but visual treat nevertheless.

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