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Hong Kong’s long-awaited Ocean Park aquatic world won’t require visitors to be vaccinated when it opens in August















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Hong Kong’s long-awaited Ocean Park aquatic world won’t require visitors to be vaccinated when it opens in August

A long-delayed water park at Hong Kong's Ocean Park will not require visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in a bid to encourage families to visit during the summer holidays.  Courtesy of Hong Kong Ocean Park
A long-delayed water park at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park will not require visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in a bid to encourage families to visit during the summer holidays. Courtesy of Hong Kong Ocean Park


A long-delayed water park at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park will not require visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in a bid to encourage families to visit during the summer holidays, the Post has learned.

A source familiar with the matter said Water World, worth HK$4 billion (US$514 million), will announce its official launch date in early August and have a soft opening later. in the month.

“To encourage children to go, vaccination is not essential,” the insider said, without giving further details.

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Hong Kong currently allows people aged 12 or older to be vaccinated with the German-made BioNTech vaccine, while the other vaccine on offer, the Chinese-made Sinovac, is for adults only.

The water park, which spans over 55,740 square meters on a hill in Tai Shue Wan in the southern district overlooking the South China Sea, will feature 27 attractions, including “lazy rivers”, an infinity pool, wave pools and rainbow colored slides.

The facility is expected to breathe new life into the debt-ridden theme park which has turned to the government for funding for two consecutive years.

Although Ocean Park has yet to reveal the price of admission, Chairman Lau Ming-wai has previously said he believes tickets will be no more expensive than admission to the resort, currently HK$498. (64 US$) for adults and 249 HK$ for children.

The struggling resort of Aberdeen originally planned to open the all-weather water park in 2017, but the project has suffered years of delays and cost overruns. Its cost was estimated at HK$2.29 billion eight years ago.

Ocean Park, now in its 44th year of operation, plans to relaunch itself as a financially self-sufficient retail and leisure destination focused on education and conservation, with a variety of outsourced entertainment and other proposed activities.

According to the proposal, the park would operate on less than a third of the site’s footprint, an area that includes conservation and education facilities, a cable car and the water world. The rest of the station would be run in partnership with outside operators, who would pay rent or share revenue with the park.

In March, lawmakers approved the HK$6.8 billion revival plan after providing a HK$5.4 billion rescue package last year.

Tourism lawmaker Yiu Si-wing expected the park to receive overwhelming support in the first few months, as Hong Kongers had few tourist attractions available to them during the pandemic.

“Hongkongers have been bored for a long time,” Yiu said. “Now we have a new thing, so the response should be great.”

But it remains to be seen how the water park will be received by the public when the weather turns cold in autumn and winter.