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March
Free guided tour to serve flower show visitors

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More than 6500 visitors in 82 groups have joined the free-of-charge guided tour services to the 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show currently on display at Victoria Park since its opening last Friday (March 7).

The visitors include tourists, the seniors and students and hourly tours are provided throughout the opening hours from 9 am to 9 pm daily.

Some 30 guides are providing the service to visitors who are thoroughly briefed on the landscape and floral displays.

Apart from rendering services on advanced-booking guided tours for group visitors of 30 persons or more on weekdays, on-the-spot tours are also provided. Participants joining the tours are requested to assemble at the Guided Tour Assembly Point next to the ceremonial stage at the centre of the Showground.

With the theme "Orchid Splendour" and "Phalaenopsis" as theme flower, the show is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and presented on a five-hectare site in Victoria Park. 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 are taking part in the show.

Over 300 000 flowers with about 8 000 pieces of Phalaenopsis in 140 species are currently on display. Rare species include Phalaenopsis Gigantean, Phalaenopsis Ambabilis and Phalaenopsis "Little Mary", Phalaenopsis "Taisuco Valenty", Doritaenopsis Queen Bee "Red Sky", and Doritaenopsis Var.Three Lips, Tat Mor and Fu Lan (Tai Fu Kwai).

LCSD's 18 district offices have 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" set up with 46 000 plants and flowers by about 500 students from 14 schools, under the directive of the LCSD's green experts and green ambassadors with the assistance of school teachers.

From the Mainland, there are "Bamboo Habitat" display from Hangzhou, "Melody" from Shanghai, "The Blue Fantasy" from Guangzhou, "Lovers Dancing in Pairs And Chasing After Butterflies" display from Chao Zhou, and "The Pottery Capital in Southern China" from Foshan.

Meanwhile, the Happy Wonderland at the Central Lawn will be open for children's enjoyment tomorrow (March 14) in addition to its scheduled opening hours on Saturday (March 15) and Sunday (March 16) in view of growing popularity. Children can have fun at the inflatable bouncer, sports carnival play corner, playground and fitness equipment corner, green stalls and games stalls tomorrow.

Details of the activities are as follows:

March 14 (Friday)

11 am - 12 noon

Paper Flower Demonstration - Ms Sammy So (Sau's Institute Association)

Ceremonial Stage

4 pm - 5 pm

Floral Arrangement Demonstration 'Flowers for All Seasons'- Ms Teresa Wong (The Hong Kong Flower Club)

Ceremonial Stage

10 am - 6 pm

Happy Wonderland - Recreation activities include fun games, inflatable bouncer, handicrafts and sports carnival

Central Lawn

March 15 (Saturday)

10 am - 11 am

Music Performance - Hong Kong Harmonica Association

Ceremonial Stage

11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Dance Performance - Chung Sing School (A.M.)

Ceremonial Stage

1 pm - 1.45 pm

Music Performance - Hong Kong Accordion Troupe

Ceremonial Stage

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Music Performance - Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Pipe and Drum Band

Central Lawn

3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Floral Arrangement Demonstration 'Floral Grooming'- Ms Tracy Tsui (The World Flower Council (Hong Kong) Chapter)

Ceremonial Stage

5.30 pm - 6 pm

Music Performance - Tuen Mun Children Choir Orchestra

Ceremonial Stage

10 am - 6 pm

Happy Wonderland - Recreation activities include fun games, inflatable bouncer, handicrafts, mini-train, pony show and sports carnival

Central Lawn

March 16 (Sunday)

10 am - 10.30 am

Dance Performance - City Contemporary Dance Company

Ceremonial Stage

11 am - 11.30 am

Dance Performance - Allway Kindergarten & St Peter's Catholic Primary School (P.M.)

Ceremonial Stage

11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Talk on Herbal for Medicine - Mr Li Ning-hon (Hong Kong Chinese Medical Research Institute)

Ceremonial Stage

1.30 pm - 2 pm

Singing Performance - Tuen Mun Children Choir

Ceremonial Stage

2 pm - 2.45 pm

Music Performance - City Brass

Ceremonial Stage

2.45 pm - 3.15 pm

Dragon and Lion Dance - Kwok's Kung Fu & Dragon Lion Dance Team

Central Lawn

3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Floral Arrangement Demonstration - Mrs Reiko Takenana (Hong Kong Branch of the Sogetsu Teachers' Association)

Ceremonial Stage

10 am - 6 pm

Happy Wonderland - Recreation activities include fun games, inflatable bouncer, handicrafts, mini-train, pony show and sports carnival

Central Lawn

Besides, plant care workshop is held from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Central Lawn daily during the show period.

The flower show is 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 and advance-booking guided tours will be arranged.

In support of the 2003 HKFS, the Ocean Park has also offered admission ticket discount to flower show visitors. On presentation of the 2003 HKFS's used tickets at the Ocean Park, visitors will be eligible to enjoy a discount of $7 or $14 on purchase of an Ocean Park daytime admission 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. To avoid over-crowdedness at the entrance of the Park in the coming weekend, the public is urged to purchase tickets in advance in Leisure Link outlets by tomorrow (March 14).

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

End/Thursday, March 13, 2003

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