Date
18 January 2017
Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park was famous for its stall games (inset, top left) and Tino the Asian elephant (inset bottom). A mobile version of the park will open in the Central promenade next month. Photos: Xinhua, internet
Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park was famous for its stall games (inset, top left) and Tino the Asian elephant (inset bottom). A mobile version of the park will open in the Central promenade next month. Photos: Xinhua, internet

Lai Chi Kok fun park to reopen in Central in June

Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, which entertained generations of Hongkongers until it was shut down in 1997, will make a brief return in June.

The public will then decide its fate.

The colonial-era park will reopen in the Central promenade, complete with the latest technology and a host of new features, am730 reported Friday.

Duncan Chiu, chairman of Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park Co. Ltd., said public response will determine whether the mobile attraction will return next year or open in a permanent venue.

He said it will take tens of millions of dollars to recreate the amusement park, the biggest in Hong Kong when it opened in 1949.

Families enjoyed rides, operas and games, notably its popular stall contests in which chewing gums were at stake, and encounters with its star attraction, Tino the Asian elephant.

The new edition will be a mix of these traditional attractions and whiz-bang technology, including augmented reality and an electronic ghost house where visitors can experience horror using apps on their mobile phones that project images on a wall.

Then there will be a robotic version of Tino.

A skating rink, a performance stage and a dinosaur house are also going up.

Admission is free but visitors have to buy tokens for each attraction costing between HK$10 and HK$100.

Chiu’s father Deacon opened the park in 1949. It enjoyed a successful run in the following decades until it was torn down in 1997 to give way to a residential development.

Duncan Chiu said his family has been planning to rebuild the amusement park in the New Territories or Lantau island but nothing concrete has emerged.

The temporary park in Central came about after the company reached an agreement with the operator of an existing amusement facility there.

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