THE Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park (荔園遊樂場) ─ or Lai Yuen (荔園) ─ might be a permanent fixture, depending on the public response to a 70-day ‘resurrection’ of the theme park on the Central Harbourfront (中環海濱) next month.
Lai Yuen, which was opened in 1949 as Hong Kong’s first theme park and shut down in March 1997, will be sited next to the Hong Kong Ferris wheel on 26 June and run until early September.
It spans an area of more than 20,000 square metres with at least 10 attractions.
Admission is free, but visitors have to pay for tokens to play the games.
The 10 must-visit attractions recommended by Duncan Chiu (邱達根), the chairman of Lai Yuen Amusement Park, are Lai Yuen Castle (荔園城堡), Super TINO (吸蕉大笨象), Big DINO Slide (滑稽恐龍屋), Spooky School (魔靈小學), Balloon Zoo (吹脹動物園), Summer Ice Rink (夏日溜冰場), Gum Tile (掟階磚), Little Carousel (淘氣小木馬), Good Old Days Collection Box (好時光收集箱) and Lai Yuen Grand Stage (荔園大舞台).
The icon of the original Lai Yuen, Tino the elephant, will be returning using state of the art technology. Visitors can feed it bananas and it will also spout water, blink, make funny sounds and even do poos.
“I think the No 1 thing I want to bring back is the happy feeling and family bonding of Hong Kong people,” Chiu said. The classical games have a rejuvenated look, such as a new ghost house with a Spooky School.
(The Standard, 22 May 2015)