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March
2003 Hong Kong Flower Show

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The 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show (HKFS), staged by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be held from 7 to 16 March 2003 at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

With the theme "Orchid Splendour" and "Phalaenopsis" as theme flower, this year's event will showcase this exquisite plant and other exotic flowers, landscape and floral art displays presented by more than 130 participating organisations from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas.

Sixteen overseas organisations from 11 countries, comprising the Mainland, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom will take part in the show.

Over 300 000 flowers with about 8 000 pieces of Phalaenopsis in 140 species will be put on display. Rare species include Phalaenopsis Gigantean, Phalaenopsis Amabilis and Phalaenopsis Little Mary, Phalaenopsis Taisuco Valenty, Doritaenopsis Queen Beer Var, and Doritaenopsis Var.Three Lips, Tat Mor and Fu Lun (Tai Fu Kwai).

The show, to be presented on a five-hectare site, attracted some 540,000 visitors last year.

About 100 rich and diversified fringe activities and programmes will be organised for the enjoyment of visitors. These include the "Orchid Splendour Photo Competition" posed by Miss Hong Kong and Television Broadcasts Ltd artistes, student drawing competitions, competition by exhibits, music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, plant maintenance workshops, green stalls, guided visits, recreation programmes and family fun games.

A live-broadcast TV variety show will be screened on TVB Jade Channel from 8.30 to 10 pm on Saturday (March 8) to bring home the greening messages.

LCSD's 18 district offices will set up their own special garden plots for display. One of the special features in this year's show is a large and spectacular mosaicultural display "Dreamy Wonderland". About 500 students from 14 schools, under the directive of the LCSD's green experts, green ambassadors and teachers, made use of 46 000 plants and flowers to create their dream land for display in the showground.

Another choice for children is the floral display by the Ocean Park Hong Kong which will present an educational theme on the survival of dinosaurs to boost environmental protection. Inflatable bouncer, pony show, mini-train, fun games and sports carnival in the "Happy Wonderland" are bound to be another attraction for the kids over the weekends.

Unique displays from the Mainland, namely,"Bamboo Habitat" from Hangzhou; "Melody" from Shanghai; "The Blue Fantasy" from Guangzhou; "Lovers Dancing in Pairs And Chasing After Butterflies" from Chao Zhou; and "The Pottery Capital in Southern China" from Foshan, will surely capture the attention of visitors.

Prominent Japanese floral display master, Mrs Reiko Takenana (Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association) will lead 30 followers from Japan and perform a floral arrangement demonstration in the afternoon of March 16 at Victoria Park.

The flower show will be officially opened by the wife of the Chief Executive, Mrs Betty Tung tomorrow (Friday) at 10.30 am.

The show will be open to the public from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Admission fees for adults are $14 and half price for children and students. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities will have free admission on weekdays and concession at $7 for Saturdays and Sundays. Adults in a group of 30 persons or more will be admitted at half rate on weekdays.

In support of the 2003 HKFS, the Ocean Park has also offered admission ticket discount to flower show visitors. On presentation of a 2003 HKFS used ticket, Ocean Park visitors will be eligible to enjoy a discount of $7 or $14 on purchase of an Ocean Park daytime ticket. The concession will last until March 31, 2003.

The 2003 HKFS admission tickets will be available at the Victoria Park, the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, and Leisure Link outlets.

For enquiries, please call 2723 6232 or browse LCSD's website at www.lcsd.gov.hk

End/Thursday, March 6, 2003

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