Date
24 November 2017
Discount tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360 are available on Taobao but the Travel Industry Council advises visitors to buy from local travel agents. Photo: HKEJ
Discount tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360 are available on Taobao but the Travel Industry Council advises visitors to buy from local travel agents. Photo: HKEJ

Discount tickets may mean unhappy trip to police station

Want a discount ticket to Hong Kong’s theme parks from Taobao?

Be careful, the ticket may land you in a police station with a lot of explaining to do.

With discount tickets in hand, a mainland woman, 36, and her two relatives went to Hong Kong Disneyland on Monday morning.

But what was to have been a happy trip turned into an unhappy detour for them.

The park staff suspected the visitors were holding forged tickets.

The woman told the police that she bought the three tickets for 720 yuan (US$117) on Taobao and she had no idea they are fakes, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The police believe that she is not the one who made those tickets so she was not arrested.

But the case has been classified as an offence of possessing a false instrument.

The police has recently seen at least six such cases involving low-quality counterfeit tickets.

Meanwhile on Taobao, Alibaba Group’s e-commerce platform, tickets are available not only for Hong Kong Disneyland but also for theme parks and tourist spots including Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360.

Sellers on Taobao are offering one-day Disneyland adult tickets for 200 yuan (US$32.5) to 300 yuan, cheaper than Disneyland’s official ticket price of HK$450 (US$57.8).

One seller claimed to have sold more than 7,000 tickets for 285 yuan each, the report said.

The Travel Industry Council said it has not received any complaints on forged tickets and advised visitors to buy from local travel agencies.

Joseph Tung Yao-chung, the council’s executive director, said that Disneyland will randomly provide tickets at special prices to travel agents. 

In 2007, scalpers using fake credit cards bought a lot of Disneyland tickets and resold them at a discount.

Disneyland later cancelled those tickets. 

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