World of fun at the croc park

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 August, 2004, 12:00am

Think you are fast? Try holding out a chicken near the snout of a crocodile. There is no way the human eye can follow anything as quick as a hungry croc gulping down a tasty morsel.

If you want to try, however, there is a place where you can. About 15 minutes from the Chime Long Hotel is the entertainment group's 2,000-hectare Guangzhou Crocodile Park, which opened in May.

The park is said to hold 70 per cent of the country's endangered reptiles - more than 100,000 crocodiles. It is divided into six sections. The first is for scientific education, with displays showing each stage in the life cycle of a crocodile.

Next is the entertainment zone, with interactive performances starring a 40-year-old, six-metre male 'crocodile king'. He shares the limelight with crocodile hunter He Zhanzhao, who was invited to Hong Kong to try to catch the Yuen Long croc Pui Pui.

The best zone is the feeding area, where visitors can get up-close with the reptiles. The last stop is an exhibition hall showing how crocodiles are turned into leather goods and food. There is also a children's play area.

Crocodile Park

Dabian Village

Dashi county


(86-20) 84796100

Open: 9am to 5.30pm

Entrance fee: 50 yuan