|Yep Noah's Ark is in Hong Kong -- Ma Wan Park to be exact|
I didn't even know Hong Kong had Noah's Ark which is in Ma Wan Park, near Tsing Yi subway station, and is actually located by the Tsing Ma Bridge, by the water.
There's a dark brown wooden ark near the beach and the complex includes a kind of amusement park as well as restaurants and even a hotel.
|Noah's Ark is by Tsing Ma Bridge|
The place, which is owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties, says on its website that it aims "to promote family values and teach love, social harmony and care for the environment".
This breaks down further into specific goals:
Love for Self and Others;
Love for the Well-being of the Body and Spirit;
Love for Life;
Love for the Environment;
Love for Learning;
Love for Challenges;
and Love to Serve Others.
It has slightly religious undertones which explains why my friend and his now wife chose this venue as they are Christians. But an ark? It is meant to save the rest of us from being swept into the evilness of capitalism and materialism?
|Two giraffes from the ark|
There was a "Faith Avenue" and a kind of mural on the underpass that had words painted on there like "love", "forgiveness" and an interesting one -- "self-control".
The different attractions in the park are contracted out. For example, the Ark Expo and Ark Garden are run by The Media Evangelism (need I say more?), and it even has an exhibition called 2-Head Castle, showcasing two-headed turtles, conjoined twin fish and a single-eyed fish called Cutie. While it's nice to know these animals are embraced rather than destroyed, it's still kind of like a freak show...
Meanwhile the Chinese YMCA runs Noah's Resort, the hotel part, which from the website looks straight-forward and clean. There's no encouragement to mess about in this place.
|Hanging out by the beach|
So the bottom line is -- if you have a hankering to brush up on your family values, come on down.
Sun Hung Kai Properties will thank you for it.