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Thrills and spills at Lai Chi Kok

Pat Reber

Friday, February 21, 1997

Thrills and spills at Lai Chi Kok

T 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 like.

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.

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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 amusement.

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 goats.

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 sale.

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 village.

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.

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