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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:49 AM   #1
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Hong Kong Wetland Park (濕地公園)

Wetland wonderland one step closer
Bird hides are the latest additions to a park predicted to fuel rise in eco-tours

May Chan
9 August 2005
South China Morning Post

Construction of the Hong Kong Wetland Park, the city's latest tourist attraction, has entered its final stage, with all external landscaping and facilities completed.

A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department yesterday said the only work that remained to be done was installation of internal and external exhibits.

"We have already finished the building, including the visitor centres and wetland centre," he said. "Things have been proceeding on schedule."

Scheduled to open early next year, the park is already home to a wide variety of species: 150 types of birds, 220 butterflies and moths, and 33 dragonflies. There are also seven species of fish, reptiles and amphibians, and eight mammals.

"We are quite happy with the number of species now living at the park," the spokesman said. "However, we hope to increase the populations of the different species so to cultivate a more mature habitat."

The park's latest features to be completed include three bird hides, which will allow birdwatchers to observe migratory species over fishponds and mudflats.

Three boardwalks over streams and mangroves will be completed this month. Visitors will be able to closely observe the mangroves and how plants adapt to the ecosystem along streams.

Michael Wu Sui-ieng, chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents, said the wetland park, with the Ngong Ping 360, a 5.7 km cable car connecting Tung Chung and the Big Buddha on Lantau, would lead to an increase in eco-tours next year.

A spokesman for the Tourism Commission said it and the Hong Kong Tourism Board had been promoting the wetland park overseas alongside other new tourist attractions such as Disneyland.

The board expects the total number of visitor arrivals to reach 23.41 million this year, up from an earlier forecast of 22.9 million. It predicts arrivals of 27.14 million next year.

But Hong Kong Inbound Travel Association chairman Paul Leung Yiu-lam, also managing director of Holiday World Tours, said tourists from outside Hong Kong would be more interested in the cable car than the wetland park.

"The wetland park may not be a big attraction for inbound tourists because most non-local tourists are leisure-seekers, and few are interested in seeing birds and animals in Hong Kong," Mr Leung said.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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Hong Kong Wetland Park to open on May 20,2006

Hong Kong Wetland Park will open to the public May 20, with an opening ceremony the day before, Commissioner for Tourism Au King-chi says.

http://www.wetlandpark.com/en/index.asp





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Old May 3rd, 2006, 05:10 PM   #3
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From news.gov.hk:
Wetland park to open May 20
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Old May 4th, 2006, 02:42 PM   #4
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It's so kind of the government to celebrate my birthday with the opening of the Wetland park. I feel touched!
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Old May 4th, 2006, 04:24 PM   #5
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It's so kind of the government to celebrate my birthday with the opening of the Wetland park. I feel touched!
hi pookgai, we have the same birthday date, I am 20/5 too
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Old May 9th, 2006, 08:51 PM   #6
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Happy Birthday to Cheunger and Pookgai (^o^)
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Old May 9th, 2006, 11:18 PM   #7
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Happy Birthday to Cheunger and Pookgai (^o^)
Thanks Terrence although we've got just over a week! I'm looking forward to my Xbox360 *cough* (I'm a PS fan but thought I'd try out the Xbox360 first since I've got a nice LCD HD TV to test it out on hehe).

Cheunger, don't u hate having a birthday late in May? I always have an exam/typhoon on my birthday! Not this year though =P
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Old May 19th, 2006, 03:57 PM   #8
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It opens now!

From news.gov.hk:
Donald Tsang opens wetland park
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Old May 20th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #9
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Old May 20th, 2006, 02:28 PM   #10
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Old May 20th, 2006, 05:25 PM   #11
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I can't believe there is Japanese for the signs!
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Old May 20th, 2006, 05:53 PM   #12
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I can't believe there is Japanese for the signs!
Don't forget HK is a cosmopolitan city ah ma (^o^)
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Old May 20th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #13
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Yes, seems like there are more Japanese signs around. Are there more Japanese tourists in HK these days?
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Yes, the number of Japanese tourists is increasing in accordance with the statistics announced by HK Tourism Board.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 03:21 AM   #15
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Some signs have Japanese, some signs don't. There is no guide map in Japanese.

BTW, if you are travelling there, don't get off at Wetland Park Stn. Get off at Tin Sau. Cross the subway and its Wetland Park on the other end.

Notice the rail map on the guide book is wrong. Nam Cheong is on the Tung Chung line, not on the Tsuen Wan line...

I think the park is great. There is a lot of room for the park to extend.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 08:53 PM   #16
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Wow, this is great! Many open space! a MUST-go for me.
Must look great under a sunny sky~
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 09:02 PM   #17
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I went on May 20th the openin day, it wasn't too bad but started to rain after 4 o clock.
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I went on May 20th the openin day, it wasn't too bad but started to rain after 4 o clock.
I expect it should not be that bad too though I haven't been there, But it's a shame that most of HK journals tend to emphasize or even exaggerate its pitfalls.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 05:07 AM   #19
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I heard that there is quite a bit of littering in the area. I guess this is the unfortunate part of allowing the wetland to be fully accessible.
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I expect it should not be that bad too though I haven't been there, But it's a shame that most of HK journals tend to emphasize or even exaggerate its pitfalls.
Those journalist should stop the demonizing, there weren't really any dangerous areas in the wetland. I recommond everyone to visit there at least once if they can.
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