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6,000 OCEAN PARK GUESTS VOTED FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TREES

2008-12-29

(Hong Kong – 29 December 2008) Four out of 200 Christmas trees in Ocean Park’s Christmas Starlight Forest, a key attraction for Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2008, became Hong Kong People’s Favorite Christmas Trees. These special trees were decorated by people from the local community.

People from more than 70 community organizations, including primary and secondary schools, universities, district councils and international business chambers, took part to decorate these trees under four master themes: “Conservation”, “Cyber”, “Romance” and “Around the World”. Between 13 to 27 December, nearly 6,000 guests cast their votes for their favorite Christmas trees. A presentation ceremony was held today at Ocean Park to recognise the winners for each of the four themes, and the winner of the “Most Favorite” entry with the highest votes.

“As Hong Kong’s people’s park, Ocean Park is grateful to the support of the district councils and friends from the community towards this unique Christmas tree decoration activity. We hope to engage our community in ways that can also showcase their creativity. Our guests showed great enthusiasm in enjoying all the 200 trees on offer, as well as participating in the voting process. I am glad to see everyone really enjoying themselves here at Ocean Park this Christmas,” said Tom Mehrmann, Ocean Park Chief Executive.

 Seen here at Photo 1 are representatives of the four winning teams with Mr Mehrmann (1st to the right).

Participants from the community also gathered for a group photo under the 40-ft. Christmas tree with Ocean Park mascot Whiskers and Mr Mehrmann (Photo 2, 7th to the right).

Seen here in Photo 3 are Jacky Cheung Hoi Fo (right) and Buzz Yip Cheuk Yin, both students from the Department of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong, with their winning tree design. “The tree is in a very dark hue because we want to convey this cyber feel, in line with the theme we worked with – and to remind everyone that we need to protect the environment to ensure we will continue to have green Christmas trees for many years to come,” they said.

Ocean Park Christmas Sensation 2008 features more than 30 regular attractions and 13 all-new attractions as well as 50 impressive performances, including Ice Odyssey, a skating spectacle starring award-winning international skaters from nine countries, spectacular mid-air adventure Touch the Sky, the festive and fun-filled Santa’s Holiday Express as well as an exotic African experience at Madagascar 2 Live.

List of winners:

Conservation

Maryknoll Convent School (Primary Section) (2nd to the right)

Romance

Sacred Heart Canossian College (3rd & 4th to the right)

Around the World

Assembly of God Morrison College (5th & 6th to the right)

Cyber

University of Hong Kong (7th & 8th to the right)

“Most Favorite” Winner

University of Hong Kong (see Photo 3)

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About Ocean Park
Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s unique homegrown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. Since its opening in January 1977 as a non-profit organisation, Ocean Park has developed itself to be a world-class attraction connecting people with nature, and recognised for its animal husbandry, research and relationship with the community. Over 90 million people have visited Hong Kong's premier park since its inception and Ocean Park has remained committed to offering adults and children experiences that blend entertainment with education and conservation. Part of the proceeds from the Ocean Park admission tickets and some retail items will go to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong to support its wildlife conservation projects.

Photo 1 are representatives of the four winning teams with Mr Mehrmann (1st to the right)
Photo 1 are representatives of the four winning teams with Mr Mehrmann (1st to the right)
Participants from the community also gathered for a group photo under the 40-ft. Christmas tree with Ocean Park mascot Whiskers and Mr Mehrmann (Photo 2, 7th to the right).
Participants from the community also gathered for a group photo under the 40-ft. Christmas tree with Ocean Park mascot Whiskers and Mr Mehrmann (Photo 2, 7th to the right).
Photo 3 are Jacky Cheung Hoi Fo (right) and Buzz Yip Cheuk Yin, both students from the Department of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong, with their winning tree design.
Photo 3 are Jacky Cheung Hoi Fo (right) and Buzz Yip Cheuk Yin, both students from the Department of Architecture of the University of Hong Kong, with their winning tree design.