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Here's the latest events and Hong Kong updates about what's new in tourist attractions. Updates of parks and its admission ticket prices.

Ocean Park cable car system will be temporarily suspended from 29 Aug to 3 Sep and from 5 Sep to 10 Sep due to annual system inspection and detailed maintenance is performed to ensure a safe and reliable operation consistently throughout the year. The service will operate normally on 4 September 2011 and from 11 September 2011 onwards. During the suspension period, guests may travel, easily and efficiently between The Waterfront and The Summit by the Ocean Express. - Aug. 20, 2011 updates

Important Notice: The Nong Ping 360 Cable Car service between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping terminal will be temporarily closed for about a month starting from 23 May 2011 for scheduled maintenance work.

You may take a taxi or Bus No.23 (48 minutes @ HK$17.2) from Tung Chung Town Centre Bus Terminus (close to Tung Chung MTR station or adjacent to the Citygate Outlets) to Ngong Ping Bus Terminus at Ngong Ping. - May 20, 2011 updates

The Victoria Peak: Peak Tram and Sky Terrace will increase price!

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Peak Tram fares and entry to the Sky Terrace of the Peak Tower will increase price effective on January 1, 2010.

Cancellation of Ferry Services between Hunghom and Central / Wanchai!

Effective on April 1, 2011 (Friday), the Star Ferry route Hung Hom to/from Central and Wan Chai will be NO longer in service.

Ferry passengers at Hung Hom are advised to take the bus no. 8A or 8P at Whampoa Garden bus terminus to the Star Ferry Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui and then take a Ferry to the Central Star Ferry Pier or the Wanchai Ferry Pier.

Hung Hom Star Ferry Terminal --> Whampoa Garden bus terminus --> Star Ferry Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui map. 

The adult single tram fare will rise from HK$22 to HK$25, and the return from HK$33 to HK36. Children's fares of HK$8 single and HK$15 return will both rise by HK$1. Monthly tickets for adults and senior citizens will stay the same.

The price of admission to the observation deck will rise from HK$20 to HK$25 for adults, and from HK$10 to HK$12 for children.

The last time fares on the 120-year-old Peak Tram service increased was October 2006, when the adult return fare rose HK$3.

The Sky Terrace was free until September 2007 and this is the first time the company has raised the fee. - December 18, 2009 updates



View Whampoa Garden bus terminus to the Star Ferry Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui in a larger map - March 19, 2011


Ocean Park ticket price rises!

Ocean Park admission ticket price rise came into force on October 5, 2009. It is not expected to hit the number of individuals and tour groups visiting the theme park because swine flu fears were already subsiding and new attractions were also being introduced.

The new prices as follows: adults will pay HK$250 from HK$208, and children will payHK$125 from HK$103.

The price rise was originally due to start on August 1 but was pushed on October 5, and then finally on Oct. 9, that cost of roughly HK$40 million in forgone revenue.

Ocean Park has increased the price of tickets to pay off loans and interest expenses on its HK$5.55 billion redevelopment project. - October 10, 2009 updates



Disneyland Halloween attraction comes with a new price!

Hong Kong Disneyland is gearing up for new Halloween attraction that will be open from September 18 to October 31.

The park will introduce an alien-themed haunted spaceship attraction - and admission price will rise to go with it.

Evening tickets - for entry to Disneyland from 6.30pm to 11pm - during the Halloween promotion will cost HK$228 from Sunday to Thursday and HK$258 on Fridays and Saturdays while the price of one-day tickets remain unchanged.

The move follows Ocean Park's announcement earlier this month that it will have eight new haunted-house attractions and 13 new shows for Halloween this year. However, Disneyland will have just one new attraction, Alien Invasion, along with two renewed sites, Main Street Haunted Hotel and Demon Jungle.

Tickets for this Halloween promotion are on sale now from Disney outlets. - August 28, 2009 updates



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New MTR rail link opened!

A new Kowloon Southern Link serving southwestern Kowloon peninsula opened on August 16, 2009.

This new rail link extends the West Rail Line from Nam Cheong to Hung Hom, with stops at Austin and East Tsim Sha Tsui. Hung Hom now becomes the terminus of both the West Rail and East Rail lines.

East Tsim Sha Tsui, which had been the East Rail terminus, now becomes an intermediate station on West Rail. East Rail passengers who want to go to East Tsim Sha Tsui now have to change at Hung Hom. - August 17, 2009 updates


Hong Kong Ocean Park holds price rise until after summer holidays.

The park management has a plan to raise ticket prices to HK$250 for adults and HK$125 for children from August 1, 2009 but moved it to October 5, 2009.

This means that adults visitors will continue to pay HK$208 and children will still pay HK$103 for a single Ocean Park admission ticket during this summer holidays and will pay new entrance fee starting on October 5 with HK$250 and HK$125 respectively.

They consider a delay until after the summer holidays, but higher prices were necessary in the long run to fund the park's HK$5.55 billion redevelopment plan. - July 24, 2009 updates


MTR prepares for changes on Tseung Kwan O line!

A new arrangement on the MTR's Tseung Kwan O line starts on July 20,2009 to prepare for the opening of the Lohas Park station on Sunday, July 26, to get passengers used to the new "3+1" peak-period scheme this week.

For every three trains departing North Point for Po Lam, a fourth will stop at Tseung Kwan O.

Starting on Monday, July 27, every fourth train departing for Tseung Kwan O will run to the Lohas Park station.

The frequency of trains running between Tseung Kwan O and North Point stations will be increased to a train every two minutes and 30 seconds compared to the previous frequency which was two minutes and 40 seconds.

During non-peak periods, the frequency of service between North Point and Po Lam stations will remain four or five minutes between trains. A shuttle train service will run every 12 minutes between Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O during the first phase of the new scheme. It will be extended to the Lohas Park station from Sunday and is initially expected to serve 1,000 passengers a day.

TV monitors have been already installed on the platforms along the Tseung Kwan O line to show destinations of the next four trains. Purple queuing lines will be marked on the platform at Tseung Kwan O Station for the convenience of Lohas Park passengers. - July 20, 2009 updates


Hong Kong Ocean Park holds price rise until after summer holidays.

The park management has a plan to raise ticket prices to HK$250 for adults and HK$125 for children from August 1, 2009 but moved it to October 5, 2009.

This means that adults visitors will continue to pay HK$208 and children will still pay HK$103 for a single Ocean Park admission ticket during this summer holidays and will pay new entrance fee starting on October 5 with HK$250 and HK$125 respectively.

They consider a delay until after the summer holidays, but higher prices were necessary in the long run to fund the park's HK$5.55 billion redevelopment plan. - July 24, 2009 updates


MTR prepares for changes on Tseung Kwan O line!

A new arrangement on the MTR's Tseung Kwan O line starts on July 20,2009 to prepare for the opening of the Lohas Park station on Sunday, July 26, to get passengers used to the new "3+1" peak-period scheme this week.

For every three trains departing North Point for Po Lam, a fourth will stop at Tseung Kwan O.

Starting on Monday, July 27, every fourth train departing for Tseung Kwan O will run to the Lohas Park station.

The frequency of trains running between Tseung Kwan O and North Point stations will be increased to a train every two minutes and 30 seconds compared to the previous frequency which was two minutes and 40 seconds.

During non-peak periods, the frequency of service between North Point and Po Lam stations will remain four or five minutes between trains. A shuttle train service will run every 12 minutes between Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O during the first phase of the new scheme. It will be extended to the Lohas Park station from Sunday and is initially expected to serve 1,000 passengers a day.

TV monitors have been already installed on the platforms along the Tseung Kwan O line to show destinations of the next four trains. Purple queuing lines will be marked on the platform at Tseung Kwan O Station for the convenience of Lohas Park passengers. - July 20, 2009 updates


HK Disneyland will raise its entry charges by 19%!

Hong Kong Disneyland will raise admission prices for the first time, by 19 per cent, in a move that may help the theme park shore up its finances but put some people off visiting amid the downturn.

Starting on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, the one-day admission ticket to the Park will cost HK$350 for adults and HK$250 for children aged up to 11. Previously was HK$295 for adults and HK$210 for children.

However, local visitors and the travel trade will enjoy a five-month grace period. Admission for people aged 65 or older will be set at the weekday price of HK$170, even on peak days. Prices for annual passes are unchanged. - Feb. 6, 2009 updates


Cathay Pacific flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok to resume on December 5, 2008!

With the opening of the main international airport in Bangkok after recent anti-government protests, Cathay Pacific Airways said flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok would resume on Friday, December 5, 2008.

A spokesman for the airline said it would operate four outbound flights ¨C CX713, CX2709, CX751 and CX709; and three inbound flights each day on Friday and Saturday.

After the re-opening of the Suvarnabhumi airport, no special flights would be arranged in the U-Tapao military airfield, near Pattaya.

In light of the resumption of its service between Hong Kong and Bangkok, the special flight it is operating on Friday to and from Utapao Airport, south of Bangkok, will instead operate to and from Bangkok.

Arrangements will be made for passengers already booked on this special flight to return to Hong Kong on one of the airline's flights from Bangkok.

For all three flights on Friday to Hong Kong from Bangkok, there would be no additional charge for those holding valid Cathay Pacific tickets.

The fare for other travellers is HK$1,100 or US$143 for the one-way journey. Flights departing from Hong Kong to Bangkok were now open for booking at market prices. -Dec 4, 2008 updates



New fare system was implemented for red cabs and Lantau Island taxis.

Flag down fares for red taxis have been raised by HK$2 which is now HK$18, and trips less than 9km cost HK$1.50 for every succeeding 200 meters, up from HK$1.40.

However, passengers with fares of HK$84.60 and higher will enjoy discounts because after 9km, fares will only be HK$1 for every succeeding 200 meters, down from HK$1.40.

The new fare system makes it cheaper for customers to take red taxis for long trips, even when they travel to places in the New Territories, because the new fare scheme does not apply to green taxis.

Red taxis can go anywhere while green taxis is limited to the New Territories area. In this case, a trip from the airport to Yuen Long costs about HK$300 in a green taxi but only HK$280 in a red taxi. - Dec 1, 2008 updates


Hong Kong Ocean Park slashes its admission ticket prices!

Ocean Park - a major Hong Kong attractions cut down its admission ticket prices on October 30, 2008 as the economic outlook continued to grow loomier.

The reduction of admission fees came as provisional figures from the Tourism Board showed arrivals for the first 25 days of the month were down 1.9 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Admission to the park for local adults will drop from HK$208 to HK$145.60. Ticket prices for children between the ages of three and 11 have been cut from HK$103 toHK$72.10.

Admission for residents aged 65 or above, and residents and non-residents under three, will remain free. All guests will also enjoy up to 20 per cent off on food and drinks, and souvenir items. - Oct 31, 2008 updates


Olympic Flame arrives in Hong Kong

The much-anticipated Olympic torch flame arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday at 1.55pm ¨C on a special flight from Vietnam.

The arrival of the Olympic torch signifies the start of the 100-day countdown to the Beijing Olympics in August. Hong Kong is the first city in China to welcome the Olympic flame. It will also be hosting equestrian events during the Olympics.- May 1, 2008 updates



Ban on multiple-entry VISA and short-stay VISAs are NO longer available at China border checkpoints:

Foreign passport holders will not be issued short-stop visas at border checkpoints as part of a series of entry restrictions imposed by mainland authorities.

Local travel agents revealed the move, in addition to a ban on multiple-entry visas, as security tightens ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

Travelers are now restricted to single- or double-entry visas valid for a month and three months respectively. Multiple-entry visas that have not expired are still valid.

The ban will last until mid-October. - Apr 2, 2008 updates



Hong Kong is hosting the Equestrian events during this summer's Beijing Olympics, August 08 - 24, 2008.

It is estimated that about 30 million people will visit Hong Kong this year.

The Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue will be held in two places;

  • Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue (Shatin) situated at 25 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories. Competition Events will be "Jumping" and "Dressage".
  • Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue (Beas River) situated at Beas River Country Club, Sheung Shui, New Territories. Competition Events will be "Cross-Country test of the Eventing competition". - Mar 18, 2008 updates

Merger of KCR and MTR Trains operations:

February 2004, the Hong Kong Government invited the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) and the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) to commence discussions on a possible merger between the two Corporations.

Effective on 2 December 2007, the Rail Merger Ordinance came into effect.

Now, KCRC has granted its service to MTRCL and expands the scope of MTRCL's franchise for taking up the operation of these KCRC's transport services. Rail lines and stations remains unchanged.

  • The newly expanded system extends all the way from the heart of Central and Causeway Bay to the New Territories and Lantau Island.
  • The previous name "Mong Kok KCR Station" has been change to "MTR Mong Kok East Station". - Dec 7, 2007 updates

New KCR Route open, the HK$10b Lok Ma Chau spur line.

A railway line linking Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports came one step closer to reality on Aug.15, 2007 with the opening of the Lok Ma Chau spur line, which by 2010 will extend to Shenzhen Baoan International Airport.

7.4km extension that branches off from Sheung Shui station would provide a quicker route between Hong Kong and mainland cities like Futian and Baoan and expected to divert a quarter of passenger traffic from Lo Wu. - Aug 16, 2007 updates

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