Old Hong Kong at Ocean Park is the park's tribute to the Hong Kong of the 50's, 60's, and 70's, a beautiful and authentic replica of a city street of the early years to bring back the memories and cultural heritage of the old days of the territory.
Located in Ocean Park's Waterfront, tucked right behind the Cable Car Terminal, Old Hong Kong is one of the newer areas of the
park which keeps expanding and bringing new attractions.
The busy street
scenes reflect the many aspects of life in the old days, its food, fashion, transportation and entertainment, and it is certainly a
fun way for visitors to learn a bit about the old customs that have
shaped the territory's vibrancy and energetic spirit.
Also in the Old Hong Kong area and somehow out of synch is the "Adventures in Australia" exhibit, which is where you find the cuddly koalas. It
is inside the Old Hong Kong Vintage Theatre. Here's more on the Australian exhibit and the Koalas.
At the entrance of the Old Hong Kong streets, a classic Dai Tat Dei will greet you with its colorful bamboo scaffold...
Entrance to the Old Hong Kong area is behind the Cable Car Terminal in the Waterfront
The old ways of transportation will be there for you to experience, lots of rickshaws scurrying around ready to give you a lift "accross town"...
Or just take pictures with...
You can also come onboard the Old Heritage Tram...
And stroll around the realistically recreated "old" streets...
Where remainders and traces of Hong Kong's British legacy are also present... The red phone booths...
And the good old double-deckers...
There is also the Old Vintage Cinema in the main street, this houses Adventures of Australia. You will see the telltale koala pointing
to it at the entrance.
Old Hong Kong also does a good job at presenting local foods in its dai pai dong area, the local traditional eateries or street stalls.
There is a wide range of offerings, over 70 types of snacks and cakes, all our favourites were there: siumai, egg tarts, and almond cookies.
Also on offer is the Feast of "Nine Big Bowls", which was traditionally served during the main festivals, a great chance for you to try something new!
To top off the nostalgia overload, is all sorts of vintage and olden details throughout, the classic mail-box, the spittons,
and the old thermos here and there,
a lot of the items available as souvenirs for you to take home of course!
What I found so remarkable in this new section is that many of the "old" features can still be seen amongst the new shiny Hong Kong of today: the ding ding trams
are still as lively today as they were in the old days, the dai pai dongs can still be found in most neighborhoods, and for the traditional shops, you don't have
to go far, check out this Dry Food Street not far from Central.
If you will not have a chance to visit Ocean Park, you don't have to miss out on the "Old Hong Kong" nostalgia, there is an entire gallery at the
Hong Kong Museum of History, complete with replicas and scenes of life in the old city, including a
variety of shops and buildings: the barber, bank, post office, grocer... The History Museum, which happens to be our favourite museum in Hong Kong,
is convenient to the Tsim Sha Tsui area and entrance is FREE!!!
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