Yeah, Ocean Park was awesome. I even went back a couple of nights later for their world-class Halloween event. A water park seems like just what the park needs in hot Hong Kong, to make it a multi-day destination.
And the new subway line going straight to the park will make it even easier for tourists without cars to get there. Until now, they had to take a bus or taxi there. Admittedly, taxis are cheap -- it cost me under $15 (and I think under $10, if I remember correctly) from the other end of the island, near the Hong Kong Central area. But being right on the subway will only help the park attract more tourists!
Ocean Park has sent us a press release regarding the birth and growth of several new penguin babies from the park.
‘Penguin Adventures’, the sixth episode of Ocean Park’s InsideTrax online video series, will be posted on Ocean Park’s YouTube Channel, website and Facebook fans page tomorrow. The episode reveals exclusive footage of how the first batch of penguin babies broke through the shells and were born successfully at the Park. The team of penguin keepers had tailor-made tool to facilitate the daily care routines for the animals. For instance, a transparent platform, equipped with a mirror base, is used to examine the penguins’ feet. This is important to penguins because they may contract bumble foot if they stand for too long. Transparent boards are also utilized to separate the individual penguins for feet examination and weight taking. It is important that penguins are able to see their companions during animal care routines because they are used to living in groups and feel more comfortable when their companions are within sight.
Apart from the daily care routines, Ocean Park also pays great attention to the design of the exhibit. For instance, the lightings of the exhibit are constantly adjusted according to daylight patterns in the South Pole to recreate a natural habitat for the penguins, who thoroughly enjoy “sunbathing” by the shore.
The moment when penguin chicks break through the shells
Measuring body weight of the penguins is an essential animal care procedure
Penguin trainers make use of plastic panels and a mirror to create a simple device to examine penguin feet
Cleo the baby bottle-nose dolphin will be glimpsed by some lucky visitors for the first time as Ocean Park launches behind-the-scenes tours - which will also offer a peek behind the panda house and an invitation into the penguins' private quarters.
It will be the first time the Marine Mammal Breeding and Research Centre has been opened to the public. It is home to seven-month-old Cleo and her mother and for any of the park's dolphins who need their teeth brushed or a little time out.
The tours were announced as the government's Commerce and Economic Development Bureau revealed figures showing Ocean Park's new Water World - due to open in 2017 - should generate some HK$842 million in economic benefits for Hong Kong by 2018.
It is expected to create 2,900 new jobs in 2018 and 4,290 in 2048, the bureau added in papers submitted to the Legislative Council.
A detailed design of the project, which has been allocated a HK$2.3 billion government loan, will be completed by the third quarter of 2014 and is expected to include a wave pool, a beach, lazy river and water slides.
Meanwhile, Ocean Park's special Easter tours are expected to generate lots of interest from Hongkongers.
The behind-the-scenes look at the marine centre, panda house and the penguins are just a few of the nine tours that visitors can choose from on a first-come first-serve basis every day from March 29 to May 5. The guides will also be dishing out inside information on the residents.
Visitors to the marine centre will learn how staff are conducting research on dolphins' cognitive and acoustic abilities in collaboration with the National University of Singapore.
At the bird house, visitors will be shown how the eggs are hatched in incubators.
There is also a chance to learn how the aquarium's coral is bred - small pieces are cut out from existing coral and taken to a separate tank for more than a year while it grows. There are over a dozen species currently being nurtured, mostly from Indonesia.
Each tour, which will run once or twice daily, will be open to a maximum of 20 people who will be asked to pay a donation of at least HK$30 each to the park's conservation foundation.
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Ocean Park Corporation (the Corporation) invites Expressions of Interest for the ‘New Koala Attraction’ project at Ocean Park (the Project).
The Corporation intends to appoint a Contractor to carry out works for the Project. The work site for the Project comprises the exhibit building with plant rooms. The existing exhibit building is a 3‐storey building with site coverage area of approximate 1,450m2.
The scope of renovation works includes the following: Structural and Building works:
1. General alteration, addition, and structural works to the existing building.
2. Construction of reinforced concrete slabs, columns and footings inside the building.
3. High level openings at existing façade.
4. Construction of skylight system.
5. General building fit‐out.
Exterior and interior theme works:
1. Internal theme features of entrance foyer, exhibit gallery, education narration area and photo corner.
2. Animal’s Habitat landscaping area.
3. Theme works and decoration features for educational display galleries.
4. Lighting and sound effect, appropriate lighting fitting, device, equipment and system as to achieve the special effect.
The expected construction period is scheduled from early September 2013 to end Jun 2014 (approximate 300 calendar days), exact construction period is subject to the contract.
Entities submitting Expressions of Interest will be considered for shortlisting for inclusion in a tenderer list, based on the following criteria:
Mandatory Requirements Any party intends to bid for the Project must be a Registered Building Contractor within the list of Buildings Department of the HKSAR Government and has a minimum of 5 years relevant local experience in Hong Kong.
1. Successful management and construction experience on large‐scaled themed entertainment facilities. This experience should be in either Hong Kong or elsewhere.
2. Proven high‐quality expertise in management and construction of building works or A & A works for multi‐disciplinary architectural & engineering projects greater than $30.0 million, undertaken in Hong Kong.
3. Overall management (including safety, quality and environmental management) and construction resources.
4. Knowledge, experience, capability and availability of key staff.
Financial The last 3 years’ audited financial statements must also be submitted so as to prove your financial capability for the successful implementation of the proposed Project. All of the above requirements regarding Technical/Experience/Resources must be addressed in the Expressions of Interest, which should not exceed eight sheets of single sides A4 text (with no further attachments) with a minimum font size of 11 points. The ‘Expressions of Interest’ documents must be deposited in our tender box situated at the Administration Building Annex of Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, on or before 3:30pm on June 6, 2013 (Hong Kong Time). Late submission or submissions by fax or e‐mail will not be accepted.
The Corporation intends inviting shortlisted entities in due course to submit tender proposal. Applicants who do not hear from the Corporation within three months should consider their Expressions of Interest unsuccessful.
The Corporation is not bound to shortlist any entity which submits an Expression of Interest, and reserves absolute discretion not to invite any entity (whether or not it has submitted Expression of Interest) to submit any tender offer.
Ocean Park Corporation is a public body listed under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. It is an offence in law for any party offering any form of advantages to the staff and agents (e.g. consultants) of the Corporation in connection with this Expressions of Interest exercise.
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