Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Ocean Park is the largest theme park in Asia (and the 13th most visited in the world), so we decided to pay this place a visit whilst we were in Hong Kong in December. We bought the tickets off Klook for about NZ$60 each. Other sites may offer tickets on sale at a cheaper price, however be aware of surcharges, as the final cost would then likely work out to be more than what was initially advertised.
The park is very popular any day of the year, so we highly recommend that you arrive early (preferably within the first 30min of opening). They open from 10:30am-6:30pm on weekdays, and 10am to 7pm on weekends. We took the bus from Admiralty, but an MTR line direct to the park is currently under construction and due to open in 2016.
We recommend heading to The Summit first, as that’s where all the rollercoasters are located. You can get there from the Ocean Express or the Summit Cable Car. We decided to take the cable car up to the summit (as we expected the lines to be long for this in both directions during the day) and the Ocean Express back down (we did not experience any lines for this).
The 'Hair Raiser' rollercoaster is probably one of their main attractions as it is built at the edge of the cliff and overlooks the South China Sea. Line up for this early on to avoid long lines. See a POV video of the ride here:
Arctic Blast had a HUGE line, probably because it is a new ride. It was fair fun but definitely not worth the long wait.
The Grand Aquarium is located near the entry of the park. Make sure you don’t use flash when take photos in here - they make it clear when you enter, but we still saw some flashes in here. It's not good for the animals.
Staff take pictures of you before the start of some of the rides, they then print out the photos and try to sell these to you after the rides in a very pushy way. We did not appreciate this approach, especially the waste involved with unpurchased photos! We realised that if you say no or look away from the camera and a ‘bad photo’ results, they will not print it or try to sell it to you, because who would want to pay for a bad photo?
Make sure you eat a big breakfast on the day because food there is expensive and you are not allowed to bring food into the park – they do a bag search at the entry. There is a McDonalds within the park that seemed to be ‘normal’ priced. It is located in the “Marine World” section of the park, however the lines were unsurprisingly long. You can also find some meals around this area for about NZ$10, which would be the cheapest you can find in the park.
Overall, we enjoyed the day, although felt a bit sick from all the rollercoasters. There was a Christmas tree lighting in the evening, or usually the Symbio show which sounds spectacular. However the park was too large for us to have the energy to fully explore within a single day, and we felt that we did everything we wanted to and had our energy drained so we left at around 4pm.