Do you recognize this skyline? If it wasn’t for the fact that my daughter is in school while he’s floating around in Victoria Harbour, we would have flown out to see him (her?). You see, this duck has been a media sensation in Hong Kong over the last few days and I have enjoyed reading the media coverage as well as commentary from my friends over there (Hong Kong was our home for 5 years). After all, it is the world’s largest rubber duck!
Who Made The Duck And Why Hong Kong?
The inflatable duck is the creation of a Dutch artist named Florentijn Hofman, who clearly got it right by allowing the duck to float around Victoria Harbour. You see, it doesn’t matter how old you are in Hong Kong–adults are probably getting just as big of a kick out of the duck as the children. People there are much more young at heart than we are, and it’s totally endearing.
The duck inflated during what appears to be quite the media event over at Ocean Terminal, near Harbour City, one of our favorite shopping malls. The duck is meant to spread a message of peace and happiness. And, at least in Hong Kong, it has certainly succeeded.
If you happen to be visiting Hong Kong with kids prior to the duck leaving, I would highly recommend seeing it. I know it’s coming to the U.S. but I wonder if the fanfare will be the same.
Guests of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong will have a perfect view of the duck from the pool terrace and Harbour View rooms. You’ll also be able to see it from Harbour View rooms at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. It’s free to view up close, too.
Rubber Duck Exhibition
May 2 to June 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ocean Terminal, Harbour City (near where the Star Ferry from Central lets you off in Kowloon)
What Is The Duck Made Of?
The duck is an amazing six stories tall and is built of PVC material by a New Zealand company specializing in large sails.
Where Has The Duck Been?
It’s already well-traveled, having taken up temporary residence in Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Amsterdam since 2007. Victoria Harbour is its home until June 9. The duck’s next stop is in the United States, but the exact location is a secret until a week prior.
Any guesses as to where the duck be in the U.S.?
*Go like the Discover Hong Kong Facebook page for everything Hong Kong. I thank them for allowing me to use this photo! We love the duck and it’s been a huge topic of conversation in our house.