OCEAN PARK (HONGKONG-MACAU Part 12)
We took the bus number 629 from Admiralty Going to the Ocean Park.We took the upper deck so that we can enjoy the view. We knew that food at the park are quite pricey so we always slip a drink and sandwiches in our bags. Unfortunately the ocean park do not allow any food from the outside. So before coming in we consumed first our snacks….its okay, besides we were hungry already at that time.
Ocean Park is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park, situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. Covering an area of 870,000 square metres of land, the park is separated by a large mountain into two areas, The Summit (Headland) and The Waterfront (Lowland) respectively. The areas can be reached by a 1.5 km long cable car system, a shuttle bus, or the Ocean Express funicular railway. We took the cable car in going to headland while we tried the Tram in going back to the lowland to experience both.
The theme park currently has 19 rides, including two roller coasters. The roller coasters were strategically build on the cliff and I can only imagine how scary the experience would be. The park also houses 11 animal exhibits, such as a giant panda habitat, a jelly fish and Chinese sturgeon aquarium, as well as a four-story aquarium displaying more than 2,000 fish.
We felt tired on our way back to the central station so instead of taking the ferry back to Tsim Sha Tsui we just took the MTR at the Admiralty. Again, train for me is the easiest mode of transportation in Hongkong.
SPECIAL BUS SERVICE 629 FROM ADMIRALTY (AND EARLY MORNING DEPARTURES FROM CENTRAL FERRY PIERS AND EXCHANGE SQUARE BUS TERMINUS)
Ocean Park is served by dedicated Citybus bus service 629 (fare HK$10.60) from Admiralty (West) Bus Terminus (MTR Admiralty Station Exit B) outside the Lippo Centre on Drake Street on Hong Kong Island. Buses operate at 10/15 minute frequency from 9am to 4pm daily. Journey time is approx 20 minutes. Following closure of the Tai Shue Wan entrance in early January 2011 all buses now terminate at Ocean Park’s main entrance except on certain days when Tai Shue Wan entrance is used for crowd management purposes.
The last bus back from Ocean Park to Admiralty is at 9pm. 629 Ocean Park bus at Admiralty (West) Bus Station above Admiralty MTR Station
There are also special departures of service 629 (fare HK$10.60) daily from opposite Central Pier 6 (same bus stop as service 15 for The Peak) at 9-45am, 10-05am, 10-25am, 10-45am, 11-45am,12-45pm, 1-45pm, 2-45pm and 3-45pm. This service also calls at Exchange Square Bus Station (MTR Central Station Exit A) and Admiralty Bus Terminus. Journey time is approx 25 mins. From Ocean Park to Central Piers, departures are at 12-00am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Ocean Park is located very close to the Aberdeen Tunnel entrance/exit on the Aberdeen side. There are numerous very frequent bus services from early morning until late night from Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and parts of Kowloon and the New Territories which either pass the main entrance to the park (if heading towards Stanley) or about 3 minutes walk from the main entrance (if heading towards Aberdeen). On all services the stop to disembark for Ocean Park is the first stop immediately after the bus exits the Aberdeen Tunnel. Ocean Park is clearly signed from these bus stops. However, on Sundays and public holidays only, routes 41A, 48, 72A, 73, 90, 107, 170, 171 and 973make a short diversion to drop and pick up passengers from outside Ocean Park’s main entrance.
FROM CENTRAL, ADMIRALTY AND WAN CHAI
Citybus/NWFB services from Exchange Square Bus Station via Queensway (outside Admiralty MTR Station) Queens Road East Wan Chai and Aberdeen Tunnel;
6A, 6X, to Stanley (HK$8.4)
260 to Stanley (HK$10.6)
70 to Aberdeen (HK$4.7)
75 to Sham Wan (HK$4.70)
90 to Ap Lei Chau (HK$4.70)
97 to Lei Tung Estate (HK4.70)
M590 to South Horizons (not Sundays) (HK$6.90)
FROM CAUSEWAY BAY
Citybus/NWFB services from Moreton Terrace Bus Terminus (behind Hong Kong Central Library);
72 to Wah Kwa Estate via Yee Wo Street (Sogo) and Hennessy Road (HK$4.7)
72A to Sham Wan via Yee Wo Street (Sogo) and Hennessy Road (HK$4.5)
92 to Ap Lei Chau – circular route via Happy Valley (HK$4.5)
96 to Lei Tung Estate via Yee Wo Street and Hennessy Road (HK$4.7)
592 to South Horizons via Morrison Road and Hennessy Road (HK$4.7)
65 (Sundays only) to Stanley from North Point via Kings Road, Hong Kong Central Library, Hennessy Road and Happy Valley (HK$8.9)
FROM TSIM SHA TSUI (KOWLOON)
973 Citybus/KMB (jointly operated) service to Stanley from Concordia Plaza, Science Museum Road via Mody Road, Salisbury Road (New World Centre and also near Star Ferry Pier), Canton Road, Jordan Road then via Western Harbour Crossing, Pok Fu Lam and Aberdeen (HK$13.6). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays most buses on this route make a short diversion via the Ocean Park Bus Terminus instead of stopping on the main road outside.
FROM SHA TIN (NEW TERRITORIES), CENTRAL KOWLOON AND HUNG HOM
170 Citybus/KMB (jointly operated) service to Wah Fu from Sha Tin MTR Station via Lion Rock Tunnel, Waterloo Road Kowloon Tong, Princess Margaret Road Ho Ma Tin, Hung Hom Station (Cross Harbour Tunnel Plaza), Cross Harbour Tunnel, Causeway Bay, Happy Valley and Aberdeen Tunnel (HK$16)
FROM NORTH KOWLOON (LAI CHI KOK, CHUENG SHA WAN, PRINCE EDWARD AND MONGKOK)
171 Citybus/KMB (jointly operated) service to South Horizons (Ap Lei Chau) via Cheung Sha Wan, Nathan Road (Prince Edward, Mongkok, Yau Ma Tei, and Gascoigne Road, Jordan), Hung Hom Station (Cross Harbour Tunnel Plaza), Cross Harbour Tunnel and Aberdeen Tunnel (HK$11.1). Bus stops at Aberdeen Sports Ground (immediately after Aberdeen Tunnel, 5 min walk from Ocean Park, but on Sundays and public holidays departures from Lai Chi Kok and South Horizons from 1pm to 8pm are diverted via Ocean Park Bus Terminus.
GREEN MINIBUS FROM CENTRAL
Green Minibus number 6 (fare HK$10.50) from Man Kwong Street, Central (between IFC Mall and Central Ferry Piers) on Hong Kong Island serves Ocean Park Bus Terminus at the main entrance at 25/45 minute intervals from 08-00 to 18-30 on Mondays to Fridays and Saturday mornings only 08-00 to 09-30. The journey is via Blue Pool Road and Wong Nai Chung Gap Road and takes about 35 minutes. This service does not operate on Sundays or Public Holidays.
Green Minibus 6 at Man Kwong Street alongside Central Ferry Piers
Monday to Saturday 10am to 7-30pm or 8pm*
Sundays and Public Holidays 9-30am to 7-30pm or 8pm*
*Closing time varies – check Ocean Park website’s calendar for up to date information;
Extended opening hours operate for certain special events such as Ocean Park’s Halloween Bash. Check Ocean Park website for details.
Admission tickets can be purchased at the ticket booths at main park entrance. Advance booking of tickets is not usually necessary.
“Electronic” tickets, valid for one month, can be purchased at all 7-11 convenience store outlets in Hong Kong. These tickets contain a barcode which is scanned at the Ocean Park Main Entrance turnstiles. allowing instant entry and eliminating the risk of queuing at Ocean Park’s ticket booths.
Tickets may also be purchased from the number 629 Ocean Park bus terminal at Admiralty Bus Station (near Admiralty MTR Station Exit B) and also MTR Travel Services Centre at Admiralty MTR Station.
Tickets can be purchased online up to 90 days in advance via the Ocean Park website online ticketing facility. Online tickets can be collected at either park entrance provided they are booked at least one day prior to collection or can be despatched by courier, allowing 5 days for delivery if to a Hong Kong SAR address or 7 days for addresses outside Hong Kong.
ADMISSION PRICES (effective from 1st September 2011)
Adult – HK280
Child (3-11) – HK$140
Child under 3 – free
There is a concession of free entry for seniors aged 65 or over but this is restricted to Hong Kong Identity Card Holders only.
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