In opposition to the vivid backdrop of an enormous aquarium crammed with sharks, manta rays and different aquatic life, a yoga group on Thursday carried out facet planks, chair poses and lunges, their arms outstretched to the ceiling. Hong Kong’s cash-strapped Ocean Park has begun providing health actions comparable to yoga, meditation and dance lessons to maintain its flagging enterprise afloat and offset deep losses as a result of coronavirus restrictions which have battered tourism within the Asian monetary hub.
Yoga teacher Jessica Lee mentioned the fish within the aquarium have been a chilled presence throughout her class. “It’s very nice to be virtually at one with them,” she mentioned. “I really feel as if I’m within the water, shifting as fluidly as they’re.” The 43-year-old theme park and Walt Disney Co’s Hong Kong Disneyland have been shuttered for a lot of the yr, solely reopening in September. Each parks are mandated to function at a most of half-capacity and face masks stay obligatory. At over HK$6 billion in debt in keeping with its newest annual report, Ocean Park secured a HK$5.four billion ($580 million) authorities bailout in Could which it mentioned would assist it keep operational for an additional yr. Anti-government protests final yr and the rise of competing amusement parks within the area comparable to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom on China’s Hengqin island, have exacerbated strain on each Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Ocean Park additionally mentioned it will for the primary time open mountaineering trails beneath its cable automobile trip which overlooks the South China Sea. Air-conditioned tents can be out there for individuals who need to camp and barbecue, it mentioned. Nevertheless, 26-year-old resident Sze who was visiting Ocean Park on Thursday, mentioned paying an extra value for yoga and mountaineering appeared pointless when she was solely within the rides. “We have to pay more money to hitch the mountaineering actions whereas mountaineering is meant to be free,” mentioned Sze, who didn’t need to give her full title. “Doing yoga can be free in case you go into the wild.”
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