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Ocean Park welcomes Year of the Monkey with “Golden Monkey Celebration” Float and “Lunar Lucky Fiesta” energises New Year with lively performances

2016-01-26

Ocean Park will feature Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys, our precious animal ambassadors, together with our uniquely-designed float, and promote conservation, on the first day of the Year of the Monkey at the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui, hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The energetic float will carry our best wishes to Hong Kong people and tourists from all over the world for a joyous and healthy Year of the Monkey!

The “Golden Monkey Celebration” float is themed with the wilds of Sichuan and will display playful sculptures of Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys. Real bamboo poles are adapted on the float highlighting the beauty of natural living environment of the endangered species.  Peach blossoms on the float are crafted with eco-friendly LED lights to save resources and promote environmental protection. Whiskers, in the New Year look, will lead the parade team with festive drum beats plus a celebration of music and dance, set to be the highlight of the international Chinese New Year Parade. The parade performance will combine Shaolin fists and feet, kung fu sticks and exciting dances, performed by funky professional dancers and lovely children in monkey and bamboo costumes.

Mr. Perry Chung, Marketing Director of Ocean Park, said, “Besides wishing all Hong Kong people and visitors a happy new year, we also hope to wish the successful breeding in Hong Kong for this endangered species. We are committed to promoting environmental and animal conservation, while teaching to protect our amazing natural resources and supporting the preservation of precious species.”

The three Sichuan golden monkeys at Ocean Park are all just reaching maturity.  The Park’s animal care and veterinary teams have observed Qi Qi, the male golden monkey, which recently joined Ocean Park’s family of animal ambassadors in September 2015 to establish a breeding programme for this endangered species at the Park, mating with female golden monkeys Le Le and Hu Hu. The team will continue to closely monitor the animals’ behaviors and health, hopeful for a successful conception in time for Valentines’ Day and Chinese New Year. The Park is looking forward to the birth of the first golden monkey baby in Hong Kong in the Year of the Monkey.  To spread the joy, visitors at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures during Chinese New Year will have the chance to receive red packets including discounted coupons at various retail and F&B outlets in Ocean Park.

Kick off the auspicious New Year with numerous energetic performances 

During Ocean Park’s Lunar Lucky Fiesta” from 6 to 21 February 2016, an energetic tribe of entertainers will perform Blissful Monkey Drum Troupe on stage at the Waterfront Plaza. The skillful troop will be drumming strong beats and performing with kung fu sticks, somersaults and spreading smiles! A variety of Chinese New Year inspired shows will take place at various spots throughout the Park including Lucky Monkey Street Feats, Rising Fortune Lions and Dazzling Dragon Dances, spreading festive cheer. Ocean Park is also bringing back the much-loved ice-skating show Kaleidoscope Ice Spectacular at Applause Pavilion, produced by a world-class production team, set in a vibrant kaleidoscopic world. This grand circus on the ice combines a mesmerising 3D projection mapping background with an art ensemble of elegant ice-skating and stunning acrobatic aerial acts choreographed by an Emmy award-winning figure skater, together with the cast of over 20 world-class ice skaters. Expect to be amazed and hypnotised by the visual spectacle and colours of this Chinese New Year extravaganza!

Ocean Park will receive a festive makeover, with incredible Chinese New Year decorations. Close to Waterfront Plaza, there will be a large mirror installation at House of New Year Fortune and Peach Blossom Path, gorgeous blossom blooms along the trail. In Old Hong Kong, gigantic Chinese New Year decorations such as the Sichuan Golden Snub-nosed Monkey themed parade float, Fai Chun and windmills will be on display as the perfect backdrop for capturing moments with those near and dear. Whiskers Harbour will hold a Lucky Drums Kids Workshop where children will learn to play drums from the famous Monkey Drum King himself, welcoming the New Year with a jubilant vibe!

“Year of the Monkey” set menu is the best choice for a festive gathering

Neptune’s Restaurant at Ocean Park brings a hearty “Year of Monkey” set menu during the festive season.  In addition, a complimentary guided tour to visit the Sichuan golden monkeys will be provided for the guests who enjoy the first five sets of “Year of Monkey” menu. The tour will be offered to the first 20 guests on a daily basis, 4 persons to participate for each set. The Park’s education ambassador will escort the guests to the golden monkeys at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures and offer the opportunities for participants to learn about the features of the golden monkeys, with a view to promote conservation of this precious and endangered species.

Exclusive Valentine’s Day romantic packages on the Seventh day of Chinese New Year

To celebrate the Valentine’s Day that falls on the seventh day in the coming Chinese New Year, Ocean Park’s Nighttime in the Ocean’s Depths – Seasonal Special” for Valentine’s Day is limited exclusively to fifteen couples. Guests will enjoy an evening stroll in Polar Adventure and a tour of Shark Mystique, where they will learn about sharks and the love stories of the marine world. Couples also have the option to experience nighttime sweet talks at Shark Mystique. Spending a romantic time with these beautiful creatures is sure to create unforgettable Valentine’s Day memories. The romantic package for two is priced at HKD3,160 including dinner and breakfast.

The Valentine’s Day Get Closer to the Animal Special Package” brings lovers to Penguin Encounter themed with Valentine’s Day, a close contact experience with penguins. More than this, couples will be displayed with a customized love message presented by divers in the Grand Aquarium during the romantic dinner, which is sure to surprise and delight. Six lucky couples will have the chance to participate in this exclusive package which is priced at HKD5,128 and includes two admission tickets, Penguin Encounter themed with Valentine’s Day, lunch and dinner.

A six-course Heartfelt Valentine’s Day” set menu (HKD1,628) in Neptune’s Restaurant is another date option for couples who will enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner in a glamorous, deep sea setting. After dinner, visitors can discover the differences between marine animals from day to night in the Love After Dark Tour in Grand Aquarium”, for an extra HKD300.