The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) hosted an opening ceremony of an exhibition entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” in Richmond today. The exhibition, which was first launched in May, will be staged in different cities across Canada this year. It showcases to members of the Canadian public the achievements of Hong Kong in areas such as economic development, innovation and technology, transport and infrastructure, and arts and culture, as well as the beauty of its natural environment.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Aberdeen Centre of Richmond on July 24, Deputy Director of HKETO, Miss Florence Tsang, said the roving exhibition provides an opportunity for the Canadian public to learn more about Hong Kong, especially some little-known facts about the Asia’s world city.
Miss Tsang said that thanks to its unparalleled business advantages, including a free and open economy, rule of law, a level playing field, a simple tax system, a clean and efficient government as well as a vast pool of professional talents, Hong Kong is one of the world’s three most important financial centres together with London and New York.
But Hong Kong is not just a place for doing business and has more to offer. For example, Hong Kong is a vibrant arts and cultural hub. “More than 8 600 performances are held in Hong Kong every year, featuring the creative works of local arts bodies as well as visiting arts troupes, attracting audiences in the millions,” Miss Tsang said. To advance Hong Kong as an international cosmopolitan of arts and culture, Hong Kong is pushing ahead in full steam with the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, one of the world’s largest cultural projects. “The District occupies a prime 40-hectare site on the side of the beautiful Victoria Harbour. The first performing arts venue, the Opera Centre, dedicated to the promotion of Cantonese opera and other forms of Chinese traditional theatre, will commence operation later this year,” she added.
Miss Tsang invited the Canadian public to find out more about Hong Kong’s latest developments by visiting the exhibition.
Today’s opening ceremony was also attended by Member of Parliament of Canada, the Honourable Alice Wong; Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Ms Teresa Wat, Mr John Yap and Mr Jas Johal; as well as the Mayor of the City of Richmond, Mr Malcolm Brodie.
The tentative dates and venues of the upcoming stops of the roving exhibition are listed below:
July 24 to 30 Aberdeen Centre in Richmond
July 30 to August 3 Oakville Town Centre
August 8 to 14 Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga
August 20 to 26 Cadillac Fairview Mall in Toronto
August 27 to 31 Toronto City Hall
September 4 to 10 City Centre Library in Surrey
September 11 to 17 Vaughan City Hall
October 8 to 14 Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby
Early October McMaster University in Hamilton
八月八至十四日 密西沙加市Erin Mills商場
八月二十至二十六日 多倫多市Cadillac Fairview Mall
十月八至十四日 本拿比市Metropolis 商場