We spent most of our third day in Hong Kong at Ocean Park. We weren't sure how to get there at first, but it turned out to be pretty convenient - take the MTR to Admiralty Station, where there is a mini-bus interchange for direct buses to Ocean Park. You can even buy your park admission tickets at the station.

The first thing we did was to have (an early) lunch. We went to Neptune's Restaurant at the Grand Aquarium, which turned out to be a good decision because we had an unobstructed view of the main tank in the Grand Aquarium. The restaurant is located one floor above where the public viewing area is.

After a relaxing and quiet meal, we ventured out and joined in the queue to go into the Grand Aquarium. That was our introduction to the theme for the rest of our day - the queue was massively long (although constantly moving) and the crowd was extremely heavy. Walking around inside the Grand Aquarium (which is a larger version of Sentosa's Underwater World), we saw more people than underwater life. Most of the time, we couldn't get close enough to the viewing areas to see anything because of all the people. Ryan lost interest quickly.

After we got out, we walked up the hill towards the carousel and joined the long queue. Unfortunately, at this point, Ryan was feeling tired and hungry, so we didn't make it onto the carousel. Instead, I carried him while we joined yet another long queue, this time for the cable car ride up to the headland. After he had some rest plus some biscuits, Ryan was all cheery again and ready for the ride, which turned out to be his favourite part of the outing. He was all smiles, excited and happy.

The ride is about 1.5 km, and the four lines of cable cars go quite quickly. There are spectacular views from the cable car, including views of the bays, the surrounding islands and as far as the South China Sea. It was quite windy when we were there - Ryan kept getting his hair in his eyes! He's due for a haircut!

There are lots of rides at the summit, including a large roller-coaster, plus a few exhibits. The main attraction, however, is the Sea Dreams show.

Before the show begins, a live band entertains the crowd. The show itself is pretty basic - dolphins and seals - but nevertheless, still a crowd-pleaser.

After the show, we decided to call it a day and go back into the city to freshen up for dinner. Took the cable car down and made our way back the way we came - via the bus to Admiralty Station and the MTR back to our hotel.


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