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Orchid Show opens at Hong Kong Park

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More than 1,400 pots of orchids in a rich variety are on display at the 2002 Hong Kong Orchid Show which is opened today (May 18) at the Hong Kong Park Conservatory.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the nine-day show, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Eddy Yau said one of the major objectives of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is to provide a series of quality leisure services with a 'customer-oriented' spirit.

He said: "To achieve this goal, apart from planting more trees, beautifying the city, improving the living environment, the department also promotes green culture in the community through organising various educational activities for the participation of the public so as to build up a green metropolitan city."

Mr Yau said: "To this effect, LCSD introduces the Green Hong Kong Activities Subsidy Scheme and this orchid show is a typical event of its kind. It is hoped that the public can enjoy both the orchids and the fringe activities."

The show, jointly presented by LCSD and the Hong Kong Artistic Orchid Association, is open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm today and from 9 am to 5 pm from May 19 until May 26, 2002 at the Hong Kong Park Conservatory. Admission fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children, students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Over 1,400 pots of orchids are on display featuring a variety of species such as Paphiopedilum, Vanda, Ascocengrum, Dendrobum and Chinese Cymbidium. Other exhibits include orchid planting tips with illustrations; handicrafts and hundreds of theme-matching stamps from all over the world.

Highlights of the show include an orchid display competition, seminars on the skills of domestic planting and demonstration of Chinese painting related to orchid.

Other officiating guests of the ceremony include Legislative Councillor, the Honourable Henry Wu King-cheong; and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Artistic Orchid Association, Ms Maggie Yu.

The Hong Kong Park is located at Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong. For enquiries of the show, please call: 9172 5306.

End/Saturday, May 18, 2002

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