This is from Sunday, August 6. My posts will be pretty late all the time while in Taipei, the internet is extremely slow.
Well, we were headed to Ocean Park:
Ocean Park (海洋公園), which opened in 1977, is Hong Kong's oldest theme park, currently run by a non-profit organization for the major purpose of ecological education. After Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, the Park began a massive revitalization and expansion in order to stay competitive with the well-established Disney brand. Today, Ocean Park remains the most-visited theme park in the city, attracting some 7 million people (the entire population of Hong Kong) each year through its gates.
This is the new aquarium complex, built in the last few years.
One of the two giant panda habitats in the Park. There are a total of four pandas living in Ocean Park today.
We ride the cable car up to the aptly named "Summit" area:
...but before that we have to line up for almost an hour, going through a new themed area based on mid-20th century Hong Kong, complete with roadside stalls.
|Before traffic signals, people would stand in one of these and motion for cars to go.|
Here's the cable car terminal:
At the top, there are a few new rides that have opened over the last couple of years:
|New coaster = smooth ride = ridiculously relaxing!|
Two polar exhibits are also present at the summit:
|Disappointed that there were no real ones here.|
|Having penguins swim beneath you is kind of nice, though.|
|If you're wondering what that previous picture was so blurry, well here's your answer!|
I think these pictures of lunch are pretty self-explanatory:
|Yes, those are upside-down jellies. Yes, that's normal.|
|Black and white!|
We took the new underground train back to the foot of the mountain:
Oh, and if you were wondering what the Aberdeen Tunnel was named for, it's this place:
And here are the (controlled flow of!) people waiting for the train:
...which is immediately followed by a goldfish exhibit:
We line up for an hour to get into the main aquarium, our last stop.
|That green stuff is an animal. Yep.|
On the way back, we pass by Happy Valley Racecourse (跑馬地, lit. race horse ground. Real imaginative, I know), the most popular racetrack in the city.
Stuck in traffic, here are some pics of bustling Wan Chai below us:
Eventually, we landed back in Sham Tseng, where one of my relatives took us to a place I did not know existed (and it's directly across the street from my flat!)
Assorted antipasti, including some prosciutto crudo on the side there.
They called it linguine in English, but it seemed more like tagliatelle - and indeed in Chinese it was called a "broad Italian egg noodle":
Two types of fish: sole on the left, salmon on the right.
Linguine with sun-dried tomato and parma ham (which tasted day-old)
Buffalo wings. LOL.
Cheese ravioli in that same truffle sauce. Not bad.
For dessert, there was tiramisu (DRENCHED in wine) and an egg custard.
For a place that is basically in the middle of nowhere in Hong Kong, and only rarely sees the occasional foreigner, and even less frequent Italian, I was really impressed.