Hong Kong Launches First Polar Theme Park Attraction
Created: 2012-07-13 12:18 EST
Hong Kong’s first polar-themed attraction opened at Ocean Park, a local theme park, on Thursday. Hong Kong's new Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, superstar entertainer Andy Lau, and Ocean Park Chairman Alan Zeman, were there for the launch.
Chief Executive Leung said the attraction would help inform millions of tourists about the threat of climate change and the importance of conservation.
[Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong Chief Executive]:
“This fits the HKSAR government's policy to encourage people to place more importance on environmental conservation and sustainability. As a father of three children, I also think protecting the environment is an extremely important job, so that our next generation can have good living conditions.”
The development named Polar Adventure spans over 150,000 square feet and combines more than 100 animals from both the Antarctic and the Arctic. They include penguins, walruses, seals, sea lions, arctic foxes and snow owls.
However, some people were not happy with the park’s new structure. Protestors at the entrance of Ocean Park accused the theme park of wasting energy and contributing to the deterioration of the environment.
Ocean Park Chairman Alan Zeman said the theme park could help educate the public about conservation. He added that the new addition was built with the greenest and most energy efficient technology available, while generating 30 percent of its own energy needs.
[Alan Zeman, Ocean Park Chairman]:
"So we're very conscious about the environment, about what we think is the right thing and what we think is the wrong thing. So as far as I am concerned, I'm very happy with the attraction that we have and I'm sure many people learn about it."
The launch of Polar Adventure came a day before Hong Kong Disneyland unveiled its latest addition, Grizzly Gulch. The two parks have been competing for business ever since Disney opened its first theme park in China seven years ago.