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Toronto ETO stages “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” roving exhibition across Canada

Posted in: Press Releases

May 18, 2018


The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (Toronto ETO) will stage a roving exhibition entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” in different cities across Canada from May to October. The roving exhibition will showcase Hong Kong to members of the Canadian public the achievements 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 Toronto Area being held at the Markham Civic Centre today (May 18, Toronto time), the Director of the Toronto ETO, 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 Asia’s world city.

She noted that Hong Kong is an international economic and trade hub, and is also one of the world’s three most important financial centres together with London and New York. “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, clean and efficient government as well as a vast pool of professional talent,” she said.

But Hong Kong is not just an excellent place for doing business - Hong Kong has more to offer. “Though Hong Kong has as many as 7.39 million people, the population is highly concentrated. Of the some 1 100 square kilometres of land, about three quarters of land is 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, where 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 Xiqu Centre, which is dedicated to the promotion of Cantonese opera and other forms of traditional Chinese theatre, will be commissioned later this year.

Miss Chan invited guests at the opening ceremony to find out more about Hong Kong’s latest developments by visiting the exhibition.

Today’s opening ceremony was also attended by Senator of the Parliament of Canada Mr Victor Oh; Member of Parliament of Canada Ms Mary Ng, the Mayor of the City of Markham, Mr Frank Scarpitti, and councillors from Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill.

Before the opening ceremony came to a close, the guests were treated to a Chinese instrumental performance by erhu master Linlin Wang, who is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, together with two Canadian masters of the guzheng and yangqin.

The roving exhibition will run from May to October in various cities across Canada. The tentative dates and venues are listed below:

May 18 to 24               Markham Civic Centre
June 14 to 19               Vancouver Public Library
June 18 to 24               Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library of the University of Toronto
Late July/Early Aug     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
Early October              McMaster University in Hamilton

 

The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Miss Kathy Chan, speaks at the opening ceremony of the roving exhibition in the Greater Toronto Area entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” held at the Markham Civic Centre on May 18 (Toronto time).

Pictured from left are Senator of the Parliament of Canada Mr Victor Oh; the Mayor of the City of Markham, Mr Frank Scarpitti; the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Miss Kathy Chan; and Member of Parliament of Canada Ms Mary Ng at the opening ceremony of the roving exhibition in the Greater Toronto Area entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” held at the Markham Civic Centre on May 18 (Toronto time).

(Back row from left) Senator of the Parliament of Canada Mr Victor Oh; the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Miss Kathy Chan; Member of Parliament of Canada, Ms Mary Ng; and the Deputy Mayor of the City of Markham, Mr Jack Heath, with (front row from left) guzheng master Cynthia Qin, yangqin master Calla Tan, and erhu master Linlin Wang at the opening ceremony of the roving exhibition in the Greater Toronto area entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” held at the Markham Civic Centre on May 18 (Toronto time).

Pictured from left are Senator of the Parliament of Canada Mr Victor Oh; the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Miss Kathy Chan; Member of Parliament of Canada, Ms Mary Ng; and the Deputy Mayor of the City of Markham, Mr Jack Heath touring exhibition panels of the roving exhibition entitled “Hong Kong: Asia’s World City” held at the Markham Civic Centre on May 18 (Toronto time).

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