Swing into summer
As things are heating up in the city, it's time to hit the amusement parks for a day of sun and fun. Our junior reporters recently visited Ocean Park and got the low-down on its newest attractions - a pair of endangered golden monkeys and the retro street, Old Hong Kong.
True to their name, the two golden monkeys were covered in a coat of golden fur. But that's only during winter. In summer, their fur is brown or greyish. The changing colour helps monkeys camouflage themselves in their natural environment - the mountains of Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, and Hubei. They are found at heights of 1,500 metres to 3,300 metres.
Nola Yip and Carmen Cheung
Golden monkeys are herbivores, with lichens their main food. They eat both young and mature leaves, fruits, seeds, buds, herbs, and flowers. Their diet changes depending on the availability of foods each season. They can live up to 25 years in captivity. So Le Le, aged three, and Hu Hu, two, have a long way to go on their life journey.
The staff in Old Hong Kong were all dressed in clothing styles from Hong Kong's past. Each person featured a different character - a rickshaw man offered visitors rides on his rickshaw, a waitress carried a teapot, and a hawker displaying bamboo baskets invited visitors to come and give him a hand.
Old Hong Kong offers locals a moment of nostalgia, and allows tourists to take a quick look at Hong Kong's past, from the 1950s to the 1970s. The street is packed with replica buildings and stores, which are very close to how they looked in real life. They even have a retro double-decker bus, as well as a classic tram.
Henry Lui & Sonia Tsui
The Old Hong Kong attraction at Ocean Park is definitely convincing in what you see and hear. Besides capturing photos of the authentic-looking constructions with your camera, you can hear popular Canto-pop music from the period being played. The songs are humorous and catchy, yet educational - mostly about the social status of workers, the large number of immigrants from the mainland (fleeing the Cultural Revolution), and the time of droughts and water rationing in the city in the 1960s.
Although Hu Hu and Le Le look safe and happy in Ocean Park, they are an endangered species in their natural habitat because of human activities. Their former homeland has been developed, with buildings put up and coal mines created deep underground. To save these lovely creatures, we should be more committed to environmental conservation and spread the message to people around us.
Strolling through Old Hong Kong, with its vendors and hawkers selling things from the past, it is impossible to resist the luxurious food. From egg tarts to cart noodles, visitors can feast while walking along the street, enjoying the tidbits our ancestors once enjoyed.