Vquarium, Hong Kong’s first virtual deep-dive aquarium will open in 2025 at 11 Skies. The attraction will be a multi-room, multi-level experience with areas divided into a variety of themes. There will be three levels, which will have a vertical space of up to 13 metres, where a deep-ocean environment will be recreated using simulators with special effects as well as mixed reality technology.
The attraction is the first joint venture between the K11 Group and US-based entertainment technology company Falcon’s Beyond, which has previously worked with Marvel Studios and Lotte World in South Korea. Vquarium will be a “story-driven interactive adventure that explores oceans and waterways around the globe in a wonder-filled narrative that offers intimate and empowering encounters with virtual sea life to entertain, educate, and inspire,” according to a statement from Falcon’s Beyond.
11 Skies, which is part of the Hong Kong International Airport’s Skycity, is touted to be the territory’s largest retailtainment space and is expected to fully open by 2025. It will have 800 shops and 120 dining options, as well as several other entertainment venues, such as the SAR’s first 4D motion flying theatre called Timeless Flight Hong Kong.
Other attractions that will open at 11 Skies include South Korea’s largest immersive media art exhibition Arte Museum, Greater China’s first KidZania, and Paddington Play Experience. Chill Kids Club, an indoor play area spread across 32,000 square feet with 18 different attractions, has already opened at the mall.
Hong Kong has already had two big mall launches this year. The first was The Wai, which opened to the public in July and is the only large-scale mall in Tai Wai. Last week saw the opening of Airside — which is built on the site of the historic Kai Tak Airport — which will have the city’s first indoor surfing centre.
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