Busy but orderly day at wetland
About 4,200 people visited the Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai yesterday, the first public holiday since its May 20 opening.
Despite Monday's sell-out of 2,500 group tickets for visits yesterday, operations remained smooth during the Dragon Boat Festival.
The park began selling tickets for individual visitors at 9.30am yesterday, half an hour before it opened.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has set the optimal visitor quota at 2,000 a time, to avoid long waiting periods and disturbance to wildlife.
Crowd management will be enforced if visitor numbers exceed the limit, but no one will be denied entry to the park.
A department spokesman said operations had been smooth yesterday.
Extra manpower, including 40 Civil Aid Service members, 20 volunteer tour guides and 10 department staff were on hand to monitor visitors, he said.
He did not comment on the behaviour of park visitors.
Since the park's opening, unruly behaviour such as smoking and plucking plants has been seen among visitors.
The department has said it was considering implementing a smoking ban in the park.