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March
Flower Show attracts around 550,000 visitors

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The 2003 Hong Kong Flower Show, which closed yesterday (March 16) at Victoria Park, attracted about 550,000 visitors, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said.

The Chairman of the Flower Show Organising Committee, Mr Alfred Cheung, said that in view of the present economic downturn, the attendance indicated the public's appreciation of the carnival atmosphere of the show with both floral displays and entertaining activities.

The flower show attracted 130 participating organisations comprising 89 local floral and horticultural associations; 41 organisations from the Mainland and overseas including the Netherlands, South Africa and France. Horticultural products were also on sale at 80 commercial stalls at the showground.

More than 100 fringe activities were held including horticultural seminars, floral arrangement demonstrations, and entertaining cultural performances.

Over the years, the flower show has become one of the signature annual events for the public including seniors, people with disabilities, students and tourists. This year, the show entertained about 330 groups with about 40,000 people. These included groups from homes for the elderly and people with disabilities who were given free admission on weekdays.

About 1,800 pots of Phalaenopsis are being sent to charitable bodies in 18 districts such as elderly centres after the show. Care and maintenance methods will also be taught. The rest of the flowers will be displayed in large parks such as Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and Kowloon Park for the enjoyment of the public and tourists.


End/Monday, March 17, 2003

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