HKETO Newsroom

June 14, 2018

“Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” roving exhibition held in Vancouver

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

June 14, 2018

「香港:亞洲國際都會」巡迴展覽於溫哥華舉行

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)今日在大溫哥華地區展開「香港:亞洲國際都會」巡迴展覽。是次巡迴展覽早前已於五月十八日在大多倫多地區的萬錦市揭幕,並將於今年在加拿大多個城市舉行,向加拿大公眾介紹香港各方面如經濟發展、創新科技、交通基建和文化藝術的成就,以及香港的美麗面貌。

香港經貿處處長陳納思於六月十四日在溫哥華中央圖書館舉行的大溫哥華地區巡迴展覽開幕禮上致辭。她表示,經貿處希望今次巡迴展覽讓加拿大公眾進一步認識香港,特別是這個亞洲國際都會鮮為人知的一面。

陳納思表示,香港是國際經貿樞紐和全球重要金融中心之一。她說:「香港能夠獲此成就全賴其無可比擬的營商優勢,包括自由開放的經濟、奉行法治、公平競爭的環境、簡單稅制、廉潔且高效率的政府,以及大量的專業人才。」

然而,香港並不單是理想的營商地方,例如香港也擁有美麗的自然環境。陳納思指出:「香港約四分之三的土地是綠色郊野,而約四成更被劃為郊野公園或特別保育地區。」香港的郊野公園有不少遠足徑,與市區僅咫尺之遙。陳納思續說:「香港亦有很豐富的地貌,其中最獨特的例子為香港地質公園,其岩層的形成已具數億年歷史,為聯合國教科文組織世界地質公園網絡一員。另外,米埔內后海灣濕地亦是亞洲最重要供候鳥在冬季棲息的地方。」

除了美麗的自然環境,香港也是充滿活力的藝術文化勝地。陳納思表示:「每年本地和訪港藝術團體在香港共舉行超過8 600場表演,吸引數以百萬計的觀眾欣賞。」為鞏固香港國際文化藝術都會的地位,香港正全力推動西九文化區的建設,設施將包括多個博物館和世界級演藝場地,其中為推動粵劇和各類型中國傳統戲曲發展而建的戲曲中心將在今年稍後投入運作。

陳納思邀請加拿大公眾參觀今次展覽,認識香港的最新發展。

出席今日開幕禮的嘉賓還包括卑詩省貿易省務廳長周炯華。

開幕禮結束前,嘉賓欣賞由在香港土生土長的庇詩中樂協會笛子演奏家呂畇初帶領,聯同三位加籍樂器表演者的中國器樂表演。

是次巡迴展覽在加拿大多個城市舉行,日期和地點暫定如下:

六月十四至十九日 溫哥華中央圖書館
六月十八至二十四日 多倫多大學利銘澤典宬
七月二十四至三十日 列治文市時代坊
八月二十至二十六日 多倫多市Cadillac Fairview Mall
八月二十七至三十一日 多倫多市市政會堂
九月十一至十七日 旺市市政會堂
九月十一至十七日 素里市中央城市商場
十月八至十四日 本那比市Metropolis商場
十月上旬 咸美頓市麥馬斯特大學