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2011
October
"Peace and Harmony - The Divine Spectra of China's Fragrant Harbour Exhibition" opens to the public tomorrow
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     Jointly presented by the Chinese World Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), "Peace and Harmony - The Divine Spectra of China's Fragrant Harbour Exhibition" opened today (October 12) at the Hong Kong City Hall Low Block Exhibition Hall. Officiating at the opening ceremony were the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing, and the Chair of the Chinese World Cultural Heritage Foundation, Dr Paul Kan.

     The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow (October 13) until October 30. Admission tickets are available for free distribution. "Peace and Harmony - The Divine Spectra of China's Fragrant Harbour Exhibition" features the story of aloe (also known as agarwood) and its special significance to Hong Kong, given the city's name, which in Chinese means "Fragrant Harbour".

     The exhibition showcases different grades and species of agarwood as well as fragrant resins including frankincense and myrrh. In addition, there are exquisite carvings and related artefacts such as Buddhist statues, incense utensils and incense oils, a giant Sakyamuni statue, the world's largest pair of Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara in aloe and a range of classical perfume bottles from all over the world.

     "Peace and Harmony - The Divine Spectra of China's Fragrant Harbour Exhibition" runs from October 13 to 29 from 10am to 8pm and on October 30 from 10am to 6pm at Hong Kong City Hall Low Block Exhibition Hall. Free admission tickets are being distributed at the following venues on a first-come, first-served basis:

1. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall and
   Sha Tin Town Hall enquiry counters
   10am to 8pm daily (until October 16)

2. Champion Technology - Reception Floor
   3/F, Kantone Centre, 1 Ning Foo Street, Chai Wan,
   Hong Kong
   Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
   Saturday        : 9am to 1pm
   Closed on Sundays and public holidays

3. Y28 Service Centre
   Shop S11, 2/F Commercial Podium, Sincere House,
   83 Argyle Street, Kowloon
   11.30am to 8.30pm daily

4. Y28 Service Centre
   Shop 237, Lik Sang Plaza, 269 Castle Peak Road,
   Tsuen Wan, New Territories
   11am to 8pm daily

     Each person may get a maximum of four tickets and each ticket will admit only one person. Children aged 11 or below with valid tickets have to be accompanied by an adult. There will be two viewing sessions daily, with the first running from 10am to 3pm, and the second from 3pm to 8pm (to 6pm on October 30). Members of the public should choose a viewing session upon collection of tickets. Distributed tickets cannot be exchanged.

     A small quantity of tickets will be distributed at the exhibition venue to accommodate walk-in patrons. However, admission priority will be given to visitors who have obtained valid tickets in advance.

     "Peace and Harmony - The Divine Spectra of China's Fragrant Harbour Exhibition", sponsored by A Better Tomorrow, Chinese Literature Foundation, World Cultural Relics Protection Foundation, Champion Technology Group, Kantone Group and DIGITALHONGKONG.COM, is one of the highlights of the World Cultures Festival 2011 - Enchanting Arts of Asia presented by the LCSD.

     For enquiries, please call the 24-hour enquiry hotline for the exhibition on 2898 6683, or browse www.worldfestival.gov.hk/en/other/other_ex_peace.html.

Ends/Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing (right), and the Chair of the Chinese World Cultural Heritage Foundation, Dr Paul Kan (left), officiated at the opening ceremony for "Peace and Harmony - The Divine Spectra of China's Fragrant Harbour Exhibition" today (October 12). The photo shows Mr Tsang and Dr Kan appreciating the exquisite agarwood artefacts.

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Mr Tsang (second right) and Dr Kan (right) view exquisite agarwood artefacts.

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The exhibition features the story of aloe (also known as agarwood) and its special significance to Hong Kong, given the city's name, which in Chinese means "Fragrant Harbour". It showcases different grades and species of agarwood as well as fragrant resins including frankincense and myrrh. In addition, exquisite carvings and related agarwood artefacts are on display.

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The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow (October 13) until October 30. Admission tickets are available for free distribution.

 

 

 

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