The Urban Park with the Largest Wood Fossil Collection in Asia

The Urban Park with the Largest Wood Fossil Collection in Asia

Nina Park Built and Presented by Chinachem Group First Phase Opening Begins Today
29 December 2023
Background

Donald Choi, Executive Director and CEO of Chinachem Group (middle in the back), Hung Han Wong , Executive Director and COO of Chinachem Group (2nd from the right in the back ); Sylvia Chung, Chief Business Impact Officer of Chinachem Group (2nd from the left in the back); Dr Chan Lai Kiu, the Park's Architect and Curator (1st from the right in the back ); and Chan Shing Wai, the Park’s Lead Conservation Consultant (1st from the left in the back), accompanied by the kids of the Group’s staff members, officiate Nina Park’s first phase opening ceremony.

Nina Park, the urban park with the largest wood fossil collection in Asia, built by Chinachem Group (the ‘Group’) , today marks the inauguration of the first phase. As the first museum-grade wood fossil park in Hong Kong, it showcases over a hundred precious wood fossils collected by the late chairwoman of the Group, Mrs Nina Wang. All the fossils exhibited have a rich history, spanning millions of years, alongside a variety of multimedia facilities and advanced environmentally friendly technology, providing a unique and engaging “edutainment” experience. Following on the heels of Central Market, Nina Park is another “Playground for All” project by the Group. Offering a brand new attraction in Hong Kong, it is set to become a unique destination for locals and tourists alike.

 

Located at the heart of Tsuen Wan West, the 70,000 sq.ft. Nina Park is adjacent to key landmarks Nina Tower, Nina Mall and Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West, forming a vibrant hub that integrates commercial building, shopping malls, hotel, and green spaces. With MTR Tsuen Wan West Station just a stone's throw away, it is easily accessible and appealing to both citizens and visitors.


Donald Choi, Executive Director and CEO of Chinachem Group, officially opened the gates of Nina Park at noon today and extended a warm welcome to the community. He said, “At Chinachem Group, we are committed to maintaining a balance among 'People, Prosperity, and Planet' in all our endeavours. A perfect embodiment of this philosophy, Nina Park is designed with the community in mind, with attractions that appeal to a diverse audience of different ages, cultures, and nationalities, coming together in this shared social space to explore the mysteries of the natural world. This new attraction will also help drive the economic and community development of the Tsuen Wan district. Furthermore, it boasts a series of environmental friendly facilities 
which encourage the responsible use of natural resources to build a sustainable future.” He also noted that Nina Park connects seamlessly to Tsuen Wan Park and the Tsuen Wan Promenade to form a green belt in the bustling Tsuen Wan area, resembling an oasis in the city.

 

Hung Han Wong , Executive Director and COO of Chinachem Group said, "The Nina Park redevelopment project relies on the collaborative efforts of cross-departmental teams and the contributions of several expert consultants, including Dr Chan Lai Kiu, Architect and Curator of Nina Park; Professor Chan Lung Seng, an authority in geology and former professor of Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Hong Kong; and Chan Shing Wai, Lead Conservation Consultant of Nina Park (former Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department). By integrating aesthetics, science, and education, Nina Park enriches visitor experiences, and achieves a museum-grade standard." He continued, "Nina Park also collaborates with institutions such as the Hong Kong Science Museum and the National Museum of Paleontology to promote wood fossil knowledge."

 

Dr Chan Lai Kiu, Architect and Curator of Nina Park, has used artistic methods to showcase the beauty of wood fossils and to create a compelling park experience that captivates while also enlightening and educating. She views Nina Park as akin to an art gallery. Professor Chan Lung Seng brings a meticulous scientific approach as he delves into the history, formation process, and distinct characteristics of wood fossils. Chan Shing Wai, who is a conservation specialist, shared insights, stating, “The majority of the wood fossil collection in Nina Park can be traced back to West Java, Indonesia, dating back to the upper Pliocene period, around 2.6 to 5.3 million years ago.”

 

Highlighted Wood Fossil Exhibits:

The Park features five wood fossils representing life milestones, including Victory Rock,  Anniversary Rock, Graduation Rock, Promsie Rock, together with the signature heart-shape Nina Rock, and exhibits a 30-metre-long Sun Fossil, which is the 7th longest wood fossil in the world, and a 25-metre-long Moon Fossil.

 

Sustainable Development Facilities:

In line with the concept of sustainable development, Nina Park incorporates various eco-friendly facilities, including smart benches with real-time weather information, wireless charger, motion-sensor lighting, and air circulation. The solar panel system is expected to generate approximately 100,000 kWh of electricity annually, equivalent to a quarter of Nina Park's power consumption. Harvest Rainwater utilises rainwater for irrigation, while creating a water circulation area for visitors to enjoy. Wind Catcher is also installed at the Experience Centre to foster natural ventilation. Designed by renowned fashion designer Dorian Ho, staff member uniforms are mostly made of recycled polyester and coffee grounds.

 

Wood Fossil Experience Centre:

The two-storey Wood Fossil Experience Centre comprises 16 themed zones and an activity room, introducing wood fossil collections from around the world to cultivate public interest in geology. Inspired by Hong Kong's hexagonal columns, the Hexagon Cinema is also part of the design.

 

Edu-tainment Journey:

In addition to exploring the Park, visitors can participate in guided tours, themed workshops, and various outdoor activities held at the Amphitheatre, providing a diverse and interactive experience. At the centre of the Time Plaza, three mechanical time installations—representing sky, earth, and  people —convey messages emphasising the importance of time, life, and the earth.

 

Nina Park

Location: 8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Admission: Free

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