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Memories Come Alive as Ocean Park Unveils ‘Old Hong Kong’ Blooloop

Ocean Park, Hong Kong has introduced a brand new attraction to the park that combines culture, history, architecture and local delicacies, with entertaining games designed to provide a fun and educational park experience for its visitors. “Old Hong Kong,” as the new attraction is known, brings a bygone era to life with the creation of an old-fashioned street from 50 years ago.

Old Hong Kong features “tong lau” style buildings and shops and its old-fashioned design is complemented by a vintage tram, a preserved bus and a wide selection of memorabilia from days gone by. The attraction aims to immerse visitors in the “collective memories of the people of Hong Kong”.

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“Hong Kong had a golden period betweenhe 1950s and 1970s, which saw the city establish itself as an economic miracle and a bastion of creativity. Old Hong Kong offers everyone a chance to immerse themselves in the community pride of this period and the many small joys that enriched the lives of a previous generation,” said Dr. Allan ZemanPresident of Ocean Park, during the launching ceremony.

“Old Hong Kong is the first new attraction to open in 2012; it is the culmination of nearly 2 years of extensive research and a meticulous design process aimed at creating “educational” presentations of various aspects of life in the past, clothing, food, housing, from transport, from culture to entertainment. By bringing these collective memories to life, Old Hong Kong is both a giant history classroom and a celebration of the tireless gung-ho spirit of the people of Hong Kong,” he continued.

The new Ocean Park attraction is themed around the style of 1950s-1970s Hong Kong and covers nearly 40,000 square feet close to Hong Kong’s waterfront. The launch was also themed in the style of a traditional Hong Kong business grand opening ceremony.

“Ocean Park is widely recognized for its remarkable achievements in animal education and conservation. Now, with the opening of Old Hong Kong, the park will help young people learn about Hong Kong’s cultural history, daily life of a previous generation and a wonderful bygone era. Millions of visitors to Hong Kong can also travel back in time to personally explore the Hong Kong of yesteryear,” said Donald TsangChief Executive of the HKSAR who was also joined for the launch by Dr. Allan Zemen.

Other honorable guests at the launch included Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngorGBS, JP, development secretary and Ms. Rosanna LawActing Commissioner for Tourism, who were then taken on a tour of old Hong Kong.

Any trip to Old Hong Kong at Ocean Park begins with an entrance adorned with “Dai Tat Dei” style garlands. This one showcases the work of traditional Hong Kong artisans and references Cantonese opera with its colorful bamboo scaffolding.

Customers can then enjoy a myriad of features, including the “dai pai dong” food court, where a range of old-world local delicacies can be enjoyed, game stalls, shops, an indoor cinema old and more.Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Ocean Park Hong Kong Theme Park

Old Hong Kong also has replica artifacts that further add to the nostalgic feel of the attraction, including dried seafood, old bicycles, and replica rickshaws. Among the old shops, which were commonly found in Hong Kong at that time, the gift shop offers visitors the chance to take a piece of old Hong Kong home with them.

Dr. Allan Zeman concluded: “Given the strong public interest in Hong Kong’s history and culture, this latest attraction is set to become a new hotspot for locals and tourists alike. I encourage everyone to plan a visit to Old Hong Kong in advance for an immersive, fun and inspiring experience of the city’s rich heritage.

Ocean Park opened in 1977 as a non-profit organization and has developed a worldwide reputation for its work with animals and its relationship with the Hong Kong community. Over 105 million visitors have been welcomed to Ocean Park since its opening and the company remains committed to providing a fun and educational attraction for families.

A portion of the revenue generated from tickets and retail at Ocean Park is donated to Ocean Parks Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support wildlife conservation projects.

Additionally, “Hong Kong People’s Park” is involved in a number of community initiatives so that locals can enjoy all the amenities Ocean Park has to offer. These include a number of concessions and a social care program with an overall community value of HK$110 million.