Hong Kong Opens Full Scale Noah's Ark

A giant replica of Noah's Ark opened to the public on Monday in Hong Kong.

The ark is world's only full-scale model and was built following the description written in the Bible, according to the Hong Kong property developer who constructed it.

The ark took three years to build and is part of a larger theme park project including the redevelopment of a local village, which cost more than $100 million, the developer said.

Hong Kong's Noah's Ark sits a stone's throw from the sea, under a giant bridge which was built over a decade ago to connect the territory's new airport to the city.

The opening day was suitably wet and rainy. Visitors looked around and took photos of the models of animals walking two-by-two out of the ark.

Groups of schoolchildren were entertained with animal face painting inside the ark.

Organizers say they hope the ark will help to educate people about animals and the environment.

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