Many of China’s visitors to Hong Kong – there were 16.9 million in 2008 – come to visit Ocean Park and Disneyland. But will China’s Christians – estimated to number 54 million – consider Noah’s Ark a reason to visit? One of Hong Kong’s richest families, the Kwoks, hope so. After 17 years of planning they have opened a replica of the Bible’s most famous boat, complete with a 450-foot hull, 67 pairs of lifesize fibreglass animals and a children’s museum. In true Hong Kong style, it also boasts a rooftop luxury hotel and restaurants. Housed on an island reachable by ferry, the Ark is being marketed as a family friendly holiday spot “with meaning”. Indeed, with the economic ‘deluge’ ongoing, the arrival of a modern day Ark looks inspired.
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