Harveys in Hong Kong, October 2009

Saturday’s outing was to a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark created by five diverse organisations whose vision is to “promote family values and teach love, social harmony and care for the environment”. It was odd to visit something that was clearly based on the Bible but yet missed the mark in promoting the Bible’s message to the 50,000 visitors who have paid for entry since the park’s opening in May this year.

To reach Ma Wan Island from Tai Po we caught a bus, three (or was it four?) trains, one taxi and then a ferry across to the island.

Harveys in Hong Kong, October 2009
Decorations are up around the city to mark the celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival. We caught the ferry here at Tsuen Wan West.

Keegan + Jemilla, October 2009
A pair of giant dragons decorated the waterfront at Tsuen Wan West.

Hong Kong, October 2009
The gaudy Chinese decorations are beautiful and yet so tacky.

Hong Kong, October 2009
The apartment skyscrapers around Hong Kong look like Lego buildings.

Our destination of Ma Wan Island is on the main road to the airport, and I had travelled the Lantau Link road earlier in the day on my way to see the Harveys. However, this time we approached it by water.

Harveys in Hong Kong, October 2009
When we got off the ferry at Ma Wan Island, we could see the large ark just next to Tsing Ma Bridge.

Hong Kong, October 2009
The Tsing Ma Bridge, completed in 1997, is the world's longest road and rail suspension bridge. Its main span from Ma Wan Island stretches 1.377 km.

Renee + Lauren, October 2009
The gardeners at Ma Wan Island created a small hedge display to commemorate our reunion.

Hong Kong, October 2009
I have been amazed by the lush landscaping around Hong Kong.

Noah's Ark, Hong Kong, October 2009
The replica ark contains five floors of exhibit halls, game rooms, shops, a restaurant and resort accommodation.

Noah's Ark, Hong Kong, October 2009

Jemilla, Tirzah and Keegan, Hong Kong, October 2009
A kids' game room was hosted by K'Nex. The company provided toy pieces in a venue for free play by the kids and also offered K'Nex for sale by the gram (at a rate of HK$0.40/AU$0.06/US$0.05).

Noah's Ark, Hong Kong, October 2009
So if you're in a wheelchair and you need the toilet, just follow the signs (down three flights of stairs).

Noah's Ark, Hong Kong, October 2009
The Ark Garden contains very realistic, life-sized statues of animal pairs.

Harveys, Hong Kong, October 2009
It was wonderful spending the day out with the Harveys.

Hong Kong, October 2009
Here's a mystery from the gift shop. There's a communion cup filled with water in the glass display of knick-knacks. However, the display is not sealed closed (so it couldn't be to create humidity), leaving its purpose as ... what?