The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) kick-started the roving exhibition entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” in the Greater Vancouver Area today. The roving exhibition, which was first launched in the City of Markham in the Greater Toronto Area on May 18, 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 of the roving exhibition in the Greater Vancouver Area held at the Vancouver Central Library on June 14, Director of HKETO, Miss Kathy Chan, 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.
She said that Hong Kong is famous for being an international economic and trade hub as well as one of the world’s most important financial centres. “Hong Kong has been able to achieve this 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,” she said.
But Hong Kong is not just a place for doing business. For example, Hong Kong excels in its natural beauty. “About three quarters of the land in Hong Kong is actually occupied by green countryside and about 40 per cent has been designated as country parks or special areas for conservation of our rich bio-diversity,” Miss Chan said. There are also many hiking trails in the country parks, which are just a stone’s throw away from urban areas. “Among Hong Kong’s great variety of landscapes, outstanding examples include the Hong Kong Geopark, whose amazing rock formations formed hundreds of millions of years ago render it a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Global Geoparks Network, as well as the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay area, which is among Asia’s most important habitats for migratory water birds in winter,” she added.
Apart from its beautiful nature, Hong Kong is also 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 art troupes, attracting audiences in the millions,” Miss Chan said. To advance the city as an international cosmopolitan of arts and culture, Hong Kong is pushing ahead with the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, which will include a number of museums and world-class performing arts venues. Of them, the Opera Centre, which is dedicated to the promotion of Cantonese opera and other forms of traditional Chinese theatre, will start operation later this year.
Miss Chan 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 the Minister of State for Trade of British Columbia, Mr George Chow.
Before the opening ceremony came to a close, the guests were treated to a Chinese instrumental music performance by the B.C. Chinese Music Association led by dizi master player, Mr Charlie Lui, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, together with three Canadian instrumental performers.
The tentative dates and venues of the roving exhibition in various cities across Canada are listed below:
June 14 to 19 Vancouver Central Library
June 18 to 24 Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto
July 24 to 30 Aberdeen Centre in Richmond
August 20 to 26 Cadillac Fairview Mall in Toronto
August 27 to 31 Toronto City Hall
September 11 to 17 Vaughan City Hall
September 11 to 17 Central City in Surrey
October 8 to 14 Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby
Early October McMaster University in Hamilton
八月二十至二十六日 多倫多市Cadillac Fairview Mall