HERE may not be much time left to pay a visit to the land of fun as
negotiations are currently underway between the Far East Group and the
government on the redevelopment of Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park.
For a mere $15 admission you can wander in and stay as long as you
The price for the rides varies from $12-$25, with a great variety
catering to different age groups.
It is quite a good idea to have a first thrill ride on the Mono Rail,
which costs $13, to get a view of the whole park before deciding what
to do next.
Many of the rides at Lai Chi Kok _ such as the Merry-go-round, Boom
Boom Car and Ferry Wheel _ have been there for years.
If you are a real thrill-seeker you can try Twin Dragon which is
similar to the one at Ocean Park.
After that you can experience the excitement of the Ranger, one of the
park's most exhilarating fun rides, which can be found just next to
Twin Dragon. However, those who suffer from heart disease or high
blood pressure will not be allowed on these rides.
The other rides available are Space Car, Sky Merry, Monster, Dragon
Coaster, Dark Ride, Astro Swinger, Astro Air Boat and Orient Express.
Apart from the fun rides, Surprising House, Haunted Mansion and the
newest facility Grandish House can offer you a different kind of
If you feel hungry or tired a Chinese restaurant and some snack bars
provide a place for rest and something to eat. There is also a
barbecue site there.
A few minutes walk from there is the auction city where, at regular
intervals during the afternoon, you might find something you would
like to take home going under the hammer.
It is also a golden opportunity to visit the Snow Garden, the biggest
indoor winter sports and entertainment centre in the territory.
The frosty features of the garden are an Eskimo village, a time
tunnel, an ice-slide, a natural snow zone and an ice hockey rink.
In addition to the cold world, there are traditional ring and coin
toss style game stalls and a TV game centre for the less athletic.
You can also visit the Ju Ching Chu Zoo to see the birds, rabbits and
After enjoying all the modern games, don't forget to visit the Sung
Dynasty Village, which offers a living museum of the typical lifestyle
during Imperial China's Sung Dynasty (AD960-1279).
All the `villagers' are dressed in period costume and are doing real
work of the time in the village.
Samples of their handiwork, candies and cookies are available for
Visitors can enjoy a cup of Jasmine tea in a Sung dynasty style tea
pavilion for $5, while the Restaurant of Plentiful Joy serves both
snacks and full Chinese meals.
Beneath the restaurant lies Hong Kong's largest wax museum featuring
many leading figures from China's history.
Surprisingly, fortune-telling services are also available in the
Traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies and other breathtaking
performances such as Chinese magic shows, kung fu displays and folk
dance demonstrations occur during the day.
The most direct way to get to the Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park by public
transport is to take KMB bus 6A from the Kowloon Star Ferry which
terminates outside the park.
Alternatively the park is just a short walk from Mei Foo MTR station.