Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
People from the Chinese Mainland may be able to visit Ocean Park without
going to Hong Kong thanks to a deliberated plan to establish the theme park on
the Mainland by 2010, eastday.com reported today.
The Hong Kong-based Ocean
Park has enjoyed a record number of tourists despite the opening of Disneyland
last September, with a total of 4.2 to 4.3 million visitors expected this year,
up 7 percent from last year, said Dr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of the Ocean Park
Corporation, adding that nearly 10,000 people have bought annual tickets for the
park and visit it 6-8 times on average a year.
Compared with Disneyland in
other countries, the one in Hong Kong is quite small, which disappointed many
travelers, he explained.
"At present, many cities from the Chinese Mainland
have contacted us to establish local theme parks. However, for the time being,
we will firstly expand the one in Hong Kong and then consider establishing one
on the Chinese Mainland, so we will start construction no earlier than 2010,"
the chairman pointed out.