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Ocean Park CNY Float “Vibrant Australian Charms” Shares New Year Greetings and Ecology Conservation Message

2015-02-17

(Hong Kong – 17 February 2015) Ocean Park’s celebration float “Vibrant Australian Charms” will be participating in the 2015 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on 19 February to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Goat. Designed to celebrate the upcoming launch of the new Adventures in Australia presented by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) attraction, the float features adorable koalas, red-necked wallabies and laughing kookaburras in colourful pop-art style, as well as eucalyptus and artwork in the style of South Australia’s Indigenous art. The parade team will include dancers in tribal costumes, a group of around 30 children of different nationalities dressed as koalas, wallabies, laughing kookaburras and explorers; and two giant inflatable koalas, each measuring four metres tall and two metres wide. Whiskers in an Australian Outback look, as well as Le Le, Ying Ying and Redd, will also join the parade team in a revel of song and dance to spread Chinese New Year greetings and convey conservation messages.

Mr. Perry Chung, Marketing Director of Ocean Park, said, “Through this year’s Chinese New Year float parade, we hope to familiarise the public with the adorable koalas, red-necked wallabies and laughing kookaburras, and build anticipation for the March opening of Adventures in Australia presented by ANZ. Guests can look forward to enjoying up-close encounters with these iconic species from South Australia and learning about their conservation and the concept of LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability).”

Ocean Park Lucky Lunar Fiesta Ushers in Vibrant Year of the Goat
Starting from 19 February, Ocean Park Lucky Lunar Fiesta will present guests with extraordinary sights and sounds. To kick off the New Year, Ocean Park specially invited national-class performers from Sichuan for the dynamic Face Changing Fortune Beats in front of a giant Chinese opera headdress at Waterfront Plaza. The show is highlighted by rousing percussion and drumming performances, followed by stunning face changing and fire-breathing tricks by oversized puppets. Also featured will be Bamboo Jam, an acrobatic show that promises to send the Chinese New Year spirit to a fever pitch. After enjoying the ecstatic performances, guests can visit Garden of Prosperity for a stroll amidst unique pillars with goat decorations and archways with Chinese opera hat-shaped décor. Guests would not want to miss photo opportunities with goat motifs and receive red packets from the God of Fortune. Old Hong Kong will play host to the awe-inspiring Kinetic Kung Fu Show while Leaping Lions will be staged at various corners of the Waterfront.

The extremely well-received Ocean of Light, an indoor lighting spectacle with millions of eco-friendly LEDs inside the 13,000-square-foot Applause Pavilion, will feature peach blossoms and golden dragon designs to complement the Chinese New Year. Guests can look forward to a galore of photo opportunities with friends and family under the festive glow of Ocean Park’s iconic attractions, including the Grand Aquarium, the Ferris Wheel, and the Cable Car, as well as over 50 glittering animal ambassadors.

A lively and festive atmosphere will fill every corner of the Summit. Guests can visit the Lunar Lucky Wind Wheels to boost their fortune and catch exciting performances such as the Dazzling Dragon Dances, Roaming Lions and New Year Dancing Sparks for a vibrant start to the Year of the Goat. There will also be photo opportunities with “fai chuns” and fire crackers throughout for guests to capture happy moments.

At Whiskers Harbour, kids can create their own paintings by stamping peach blossoms using recycled plastic bottles and write down Chinese New Year wishes to take home.