Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park

Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park (zh-tspcy|t=荔園遊樂場|s=荔园游乐场|p=Lìyuán yóulècháng|cy=lai6 yun2 yau4 lok6 cheung4, or simply 荔園) was a famous amusement park in Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong. Located on the west shore of Lai Chi Kok Bay, this was once the largest amusement park in Hong Kong and it attracted people from all walks of life in the territory.

The park was opened by a businessman Cheung Kwan On in 1949. In 1961, Deacon Chiu (Yau Tak Kan) purchased the park and added the "Song dynasty" feature. At the beginning it cost 60 HK cents for both adult and child admission.

Theatres, amusement rides, sidestalls and various water games were featured in the park. Amusement rides included a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, a carousel, distorted mirrors, a gondola, a "coffee cup" ride, a ghost house and an ice rink for ice-skating. Knife-throwing performances also attracted lots of people. Cantonese opera and singing performances in the park nurtured many TV and cantopop stars like Anita Mui.

Lai Chi Kok Zoo with goats, birds, panthers and tigers was also located in the park. An Asian elephant Tino (天奴) was the most popular animal in the 1950s to 1970s. The elephant died in the park in the 1989.

In 1976, the park suffered from competition with Ocean Park. On 31 March 1997, the park was closed when the Hong Kong Government decided to use the land for residential use. Towards the end of the park days, it attracted many additional visitors and the count reached 20,000 visitors on the last night. The animals from the zoo were sent to Shek Kwu Chau.

In 2005 the owner Yau had negotiated with the government to build a new amusement park on Lantau Island [ [http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=2&art_id=3162&sid=4939926&con_type=1&d_str=20051011&fc=2 "Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park firm eyes Lantau", "The Standard", October 11, 2005] ] , however, no results have yet been achieved on this matter.

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lai Chi Kok Bay — (Chinese: 荔枝角灣) was a bay west of Lai Chi Kok in Hong Kong. North of the bay is Kau Wa Keng. The bay was largely recreational during its history. In early and mid 20th Century, bathing pavilions were built on the beach of the bay for swimmers.… …   Wikipedia

  • Ocean Park Hong Kong — Main entrance of Ocean Park during its 30th anniversary Location Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan …   Wikipedia

  • Nob Hill, Hong Kong — Nob Hill Lai Chi Kok Park and Nob Hill …   Wikipedia

  • Public housing estates in Kwai Chung — This is a list of public housing estates (including Home Ownership Scheme (HOS), Private Sector Participation Scheme (PSPS), Tenants Purchase Scheme (TPS) and Sandwich Class Housing Scheme (SCHS)) in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong Contents 1 Overview 1.1… …   Wikipedia

  • Tino (elephant) — Tino (天奴) the elephant, the favourite pet of businessman and banker Deacon Chiu and an attraction for 10 thousands of children at the Lai Chi Kok Zoo, Hong Kong over the past 30 years, was put down in February 1989.While a baby, Tino was part of… …   Wikipedia

  • Peking Opera School — The Peking Opera Schools were boarding schools located throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The most well known of these schools are those that were based in Hong Kong during the 1950s and 60s, as many of the attending students …   Wikipedia

  • List of historic fires — This is a list of historic fires. Before the 20th century, fires were a major hazard to urban areas and the cause of massive amounts of damage to cities. While a few of the most important wildfires or forest fires are included, this list is not… …   Wikipedia

  • List of zoos — The following is a partial list of zoological gardens (zoos):AfricaAlgeria*Algiers Zoo *Oran ZooCameroon*Mvog Betsi ZooCôte d Ivoire*Abidjan ZooEgypt*Giza Zoo *Alexandria Zoo *Qariyet El Assad (Lions Village)Ghana*Flagstaff House Zoo *Kumasi… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Singapore-related topics — This is a list of topics related to Singapore. For a similar list in alphabetical order, see list of Singapore related topics by alphabetical order. Those interested in the subject can monitor changes to the pages by clicking on Related changes… …   Wikipedia

  • List of mountains, peaks and hills in Hong Kong — Geography of Hong Kong Amusement parks Areas (Neighbourhoods) Bays Beaches Buildings and structures  …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.