Grand journey into the unknown

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 12:00am

The Space Museum's latest Omnimax show, Grand Canyon - The Hidden Secrets, is a fascinating documentary that virtually takes you over the edge and into a world filled with exotic wildlife, deep gorges and a raging river at the end of it.

The Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, excited many Spanish and French explorers who wanted to delve into the 'great unknown' in the American state of Arizona.

This mysterious chasm beckoned the bold at heart, luring adventurers into the overwhelming currents of the Colorado River. You seem to ride the river with the men, as the violent rapids throw them around.

'We are but pygmies against the boulders,' notes one explorer. This image of fear and adventure is juxtaposed with the present-day boats, with tourists simply trying the ride for its exhilarating experience.

From above, the Grand Canyon seems inanimate and dead.

But its wildlife ranges from spiders and scorpions to giant lizards, snakes and big cats. Not to mention the magnificent array of birds that have made the Grand Canyon their home.

During the 37-minute spectacular, I heard an old couple chattering away and one of them said: 'I didn't see so much when I went to the Grand Canyon last time.'

Most shows are narrated in Cantonese. Headphones provide English, Putonghua and Japanese translations.

Tickets are $32 and $24, with half price for students.

There are shows at 3.50pm and 7.20pm daily, except on Tuesday. There is an additional screening at 12.20pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Omnimax show will run until September.

Winifred is a Young Post student reporter