Eco-attractions giving tourists some green back

Hong Kong is a bustling megacity not normally associated with green spaces. But three tourist "eco-attractions" in this surprisingly verdant corner of China -- Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360 and Hong Kong Wetland Park -- are promoting visits by offering a joint 10% admission discount good through the end of 2009.

Guests who visit any of the three attractions at full price by Nov. 30 can use their paid admission ticket to get 10% off admission at the other two on or before Dec. 31.

Ocean Park is a sea-life- and water-themed educational amusement park in operation since 1977. A portion of the proceeds at Ocean Park, which is located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, goes to wildlife conservation projects.

Ngong Ping 360 comprises a breathtaking 3.5-mile, 25-minute cable car ride up the mountains of Lantau Island -- home to the Tian Tan Buddha, the world's largest such statue -- to Ngong Ping Village. The village is home to several cultural attractions, such as the Walking With Buddha exhibit, Monkey's Tale Theatre and Ngong Ping Tea House along with a variety of shops and dining venues.

Hong Kong Wetland Park offers both educational and recreational activities and facilities, such as the Wetland Interactive World galleries, which focus on the importance of biodiversity and conservation, and a 148-acre wetland reserve.

Other facilities include stream and mangrove walks and three bird hides where visitors may spy on egrets, herons, ducks and black-faced spoonbills.

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