Stories in 3D
The 3D story theatre focuses on Hong Kong's history
The 3D Hong Kong story theatre enlightened me on different aspects of Hong Kong's past; from a fishing village to a trading port to a manufacturing centre, and then finally to the international city we all call home.
It was a great multi-sensory experience, with the story being told by a video that seemed three-dimensional. The sides of the screen looked like they were changing shape to form buildings, representing the countless skyscrapers situated along Hong Kong's stunning skyline.
Wonderland of workshops
Junior reporters Lyndon Fan and Liam Fung are crossing the harbour on a tightrope ... or are they?
The Sky-high 3D Summer Wonderland has workshops in seven categories: Talent Monday, Arts Tuesday, Sporty Wednesday, Creative Thursday, Eco Friday, All-round Saturday and Wonder Holiday. We took part in Eco Friday.
The workshop was organised by the green group, WWF Hong Kong. We learned about the wetlands in the northwest New Territories and how global warming threatens animals which live there or visit the area, such as black-faced spoonbills, pelicans and other birds. As birds love sunlight, some tree branches that blocked the sun have been cut, and we used the wood to make small key chains. There were two kinds of key chains we could make: one with a picture of a pelican, the other showing a black-faced spoonbill.
Everyone was really focused on making their handicrafts. Our key chains helped raise environmental awareness, reminding us to think about endangered birds whenever we looked at them.
Going down memory lane
The junior reporters walked through Hong Kong's past down memory lane
Before getting into the double-deck lift, we passed through two "memory lanes" and I was really inspired by Hong Kong's can-do spirit of the days gone by. The memory lanes were like appetisers, reminding us about what Hong Kong had gone through before we got to the 100th floor to see the fruits of Hong Kong's labours.
The first memory lane is like a spiral. You learn about the history of Hong Kong by walking up through it. The second is in the form of a corridor. When you stand in it, it seems like you're in the middle of Victoria Harbour, with Hong Kong Island on your left and Kowloon on your right. We were also told the history of Hong Kong's skyline in cartoon form.
The fastest lift
The double-deck lift lobby.
For a bird's-eye view of Hong Kong, the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck is the place to go. Located on the 100th floor of the fourth-tallest building in the world, it only takes a minute to get there by double-deck lift - which is the fastest in Hong Kong, rocketing upwards at nine metres per second! A double-deck lift is exactly what it sounds like: two lifts, one on top of the other, like a double-decker bus. It's built like this to save electricity, as two groups of people can be transported at once.
From the top of the building, we were greeted by a panoramic view of Hong Kong's sensational skyline. We could clearly see the full extent of the city, from Victoria Harbour to the famous financial towers. Seeing the whole of Hong Kong was incredible and the guide maps nearby helped me to identify the buildings.
You view helps you get a better understanding of the city's outline of lands and buildings. For instance, you can see how the buildings on Hong Kong's eastern side are not so tall. This was to avoid planes crashing into skyscrapers as they flew in and out of the former Kai Tai airport in Kowloon City.
Gallery of trickery
Christy Wong and Joy Pamnani pose on one of the paintings in the 3D Hong Kong trick arts gallery.
In the 3D trick art gallery, there are three works by local painters which give great 3D illusions.
The first one is of the famous Victoria Harbour. You can stand on a cleverly painted rope between the ICC and IFC to make it look like you're actually crossing the harbour on a tightrope!
The second is a huge painting of the ICC. If you sit on it, a stunning visual effect makes it look like you are brave enough to slide down the side of the building.
Last but not least, there is a rickshaw painting. If you sit in the right spot, it looks like a rickshaw driver is about to pull you back to the old days.
Jason Ng Tin-long
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