Opened in January, 1977, Ocean Park, lying between Aberdeen and Repulse Bay, is the largest leisure paradise in Southeast Asia, and one of the largest marine parks in the world. Covering a total area of over 200 acres, the park was built on both sides of the mountain. A cable car system links the lowland and headland sections and provides spectacular views of Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
Upon entering this marvelous world, you'll be mesmerized as the exciting mystery of the underwater world unfolds in front of you. Atoll Reef, the most popular attraction of Marine Land, provides a chance to view more than 2,000 fish. There are 250 species of fish; including an 80 year old, 6 foot long Giant Grouper. Atoll Reef also boasts the largest number of Napoleon fish to be found in any aquarium in the world. If you're brave enough, take a walk through Asia's first underwater viewing tunnel at the Shark Aquarium. This is perhaps the only place where you can come face-to-face with more than 70 sharks and rays from over 35 species. Among them, over 11 splendid species are cared for through Ocean Park's very own captive breeding program, including the Black Tip Reef Shark and the rare Pygmy Swell Shark. Remember to keep you young children close to you; they may be frightened by those jumbos!
If your children are still trembling with fear from the sight of all those sharks, take them to the Ocean Theatre. Here, adorable marine mammals showoff their spectacular tricks. Intelligent dolphins and serious sealions take centrestage - jumping, diving and somersaulting. These superb antics are sure to thrill your children and keep them glued to their seats.
The most important area of this area is the Hong Kong Jockey Club Giant Panda Habitat. It opened on May 18, 1999 with an area of 2000 square meters (20 acres). This habitat provides Ocean Park guests a rare opportunity to visit a pair of giant pandas. An An and Jia Jia, were a gift bestowed by the Central Government to the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. An An, a 14-year-old male panda, is known as the "Giant Panda Ambassador" and has visited different places as a gesture of goodwill. Jia Jia is a female panda about 22 years old. She is now a mother of 4 cubs. This couple live happily in a habitat that closely resembles the natural living conditions of giant pandas in the wild.
The project provides an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about this endangered species, the survival problems they are facing and, more importantly, how we can help prevent the extinction of the giant pandas.