INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Attractions in Hong Kong with kids who are animal mad.
Hong Kong is FILLED with surprising attractions and places to visit for kids who adore animals.
Keep in mind that this is Hong Kong, and that part of learning to love a new place is to appreciate the differences in culture and tradition.
Hong Kong culture incorporates a lot of good luck charms, and feng shui principles, and animal talismans are part of that.
Take a look at the some of our favorite animal attractions in Hong Kong with kids!
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No.1: Yuen Po Bird Market Hong Kong
A popular haunt for songbird supporters, the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a visual feast.
Designed in the style of a traditional Chinese garden, it is filled with tropical birds and has dozens of stalls selling them along with divine looking metal and bamboo cages.
Plus, there’s all kinds of bird-keeping paraphernalia such as water dishes and feed trays.
For the kids, it’s awe-evoking to see hundreds of birds in one place, including the black & orange beaked Myna bird, known as the Hong Kong songbird.
Birds & their Keepers
Kids are captivated by the elderly men who feed, walk, and preen their feathered friends in exchange for charming songs, and happily bewildered by the cacophony of sounds.
These kind fellows congregate each day to chatter with one another too.
Children also love seeing the plastic bags of food for the birds, filled with:
- live crickets
Watching the old men feed these bugs to the birds with chopsticks each morning is a travel sight to treasure!
No.2: The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Next stop, is the FREE animal zoo right in the middle of Hong Kong.
At the zoo, the kids can see orangutans, gibbons, lemurs, cotton top tamarins (like the crazy looking creature above) & lots of other animals AND birds.
There’s fountains & native plants & trees & themed gardens.
Be sure to ride the longest escalator in the world (the central multi-level staircase colloquially called the “Hong Kong escalator street”) all the way to the end.
Then, wind your way down to the zoo following the well sign-posted path.
There are two areas of the Zoo and Gardens.
The main section is home to 0rangutans and monkeys from Madagascar, and turtles too, but it’s a safe bet you can skip the herb garden.
Cross the road to the other section with flowers, flamingos, mandarin ducks, wood ducks, and red crowned cranes.
The red crowned crane will probably be familiar to you as it is often depicted in Chinese calligraphy and artwork.
There’s a pretty fountain too.
Steep slopes ahead. Wear good shoes.
No.3: Ocean Park Hong Kong
Fancy feeding the sea lions?
Or participating in a campout sleepover in the Grand Aquarium with your family and friends?
Perhaps you’d like to see behind the scenes in the Shark Mystique, and learn about these fearsome creatures and their natural behaviours?
Or sign the kids up to become honorary rainforest animals keepers?
Why not experience a once-in-a-lifetime jaunt as an Honorary Panda Keeper?
Whatever your kids favourite animal, its likely there is some way of getting them UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL beyond the normal restrictions of a theme park.
Why not invest in an experience of a lifetime for them?
Or simply enjoy a day at this Hong Kong theme park.
There’s plenty to do.
Read our review below for the best Ocean Park attractions, shows, and rides for kids, plus what to eat at Ocean Park, and more.
No.4: Goldfish Street Hong Kong
While seeing thousands of goldfish hanging in plastic bags seems kind of cruel to adults, the kids will think this is like one big pet store.
Like an aquarium from home, but on steroids!
They’ll love it.
It helps us to know a bit of background to understand this street and why the Hong Kong locals have such as exuberant fascination with pretty fish?
Goldfish are highly revered creatures to the Chinese, who believe they bring abundance and prosperity, not to mention how beautiful they are to look at.
Many Chinese also subscribe to the philosophy of Feng Shui, and according to that ideal, a goldfish tank is just about the best talisman to keep in the house as they contain all the elements of Feng Shui in balance:
- FIRE represented by the fire-colored Goldfish themselves
- ROCKS on the base of the tank for the earth element, and of course,
- WATER for being in the ‘flow’.
Home makers often use decorative plants (representative of wood) to brighten and complement the lucky charm exhibit, and metal is usually contained in the steel joins of the fishtank itself.
If done well, its believed that these aquarium displays bring great energy to the owners.
Kids will love to check out all the fish tanks.
There’s so many colours, sizes, and varieties to be seen.
Fish aren’t the only animal here though.
Keep an eye peeled for:
- teeny tiny frogs
- snakes, and any other kind of pet you might imagine.
Drop in and be prepared to spend an hour or two wandering around, following after your tribe.
No.5: Pink Dolphins in Hong Kong
Did you know that you can see pink dolphins in Hong Kong if you are lucky?
They aren’t just in the Amazon river.
Take a cruise into the waters of Hong Kong on a Dolphin Watch boat ride, and learn all about these endangered creatures.
If you don’t see them first go, you can sail again.
No.6: Noahs Ark Park Hong Kong
Kids will be thrilled to see the 67 pairs of life sized animal sculptures that emerge from the Ark that sits among spectacular greenery, a flowing waterfall, and floral landscaping along the path.
Of course, these Noah’s Ark animals aren’t live animals, but most animal lovers won’t mind that at all.
Be sure to bring your camera so you can capture the kids with their favourite animals.
What will be their favorite creature at the Ark Garden?
- Polar bears?
- Elegant Elephants?
- Giant giraffes?
- Or the two-hump camel duo?
There’s plenty more things to do at Noah’s Ark Hong Kong beyond the main animal feature, so make a day of it!
- explore the Ark Expo
- clamber their way around Adventureland
- shop at the Treasure House
- explore technology at the e-planet exhibition
- play on the Fun Fun playland playground!
Visiting Hong Kong with Kids
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Put these Hong Kong kids activities on your Hong Kong family vacation list too!
- Hong Kong Disneyland (& book an overnight stay at the HK Disneyland Hotel)
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade of Stars
- Hong Kong Science Museum
- Hong Kong Star Ferry Ride on Victoria Harbour
- Make a stop at Snoopy World Hong Kong
- Visit Ngong Ping Village by Cable Car to see the Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery
- Catch the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak and the Hong Kong observation deck up high!
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