The Hong Kong Wetlands

Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Wetlands Park occupies 61Ha (150 acres) next to Tin Shui Wai, a new town in the New Territories of Hong Kong. It is alongside Deep Bay on an important bird migration route, but while birds are a major element of the park, the overall focus is broader, looking at the importance of wetlands for mankind and wildlife. Electrosonic engineered the principal AV and computer interactive systems, under sub-contract to Beck Interiors, the main exhibition contractor. Other members of the team included Centre Screen, SEAC and Kiss the Frog (software producers) HB Source (physical interactive exhibits) and Asia Rock Art, Academy Studios and Scenic Route (scenic fabricators and model makers).

Visiting the Hong Kong Wetland Park Visitor Centre is the practical way of learning about the park. Designed by Arch SD (Architectural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government) according to environment friendly principles (and partly underground) it houses a fascinating series of exhibition galleries. MET Studio Design of London was both the master planner and exhibition designer for the Centre. The main exhibition galleries “What are Wetlands?” “Living Wetlands”, ”Human Culture”, “Viewing Gallery”, and “Wetlands Challenge” provide plenty in the way of what is now.

Often referred to as “edutainment”, with dioramas, live crocodiles, interactive exhibits, and stimulating shows, the Viewing Gallery allows visitors to look out over the park and Deep Bay, and to use interpretation panels and telescopes to identify birds. Controllable remote video cameras provide close-up views of special points of interest within the park. Wetlands Challenge includes several complex interactive exhibits that require team working. Mandarin, Cantonese and English are the languages of the exhibition.