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A tour to the Grand Canyon at the Space Museum


Located at the northwest Arizona of the United States, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is famous for its spectacular and rugged terrain, colorful sky, fantastic scenery, and the roaring rapids of the Colorado River running through the bottom of it.

Presented by the Hong Kong Space Museum (Space Museum), the well-received Omnimax Show, "Grand Canyon", is now re-run to bring a pleasurable experience of exploring the Grand Canyon and its beauty to audience.

Although the fragile human history of Grand Canyon begins 4,000 years ago, their beginnings are lost in time. It was not until 1540 that the Grand Canyon was discovered by the Spanish expedition team led by Don Garcia Lopez De Cardenas, who accidentally arrived the South Rim of the canyon. However, the remarkable breakthrough was made by the American Major John Wesley Powell and his party of nine who made the first successful boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869, and had since unveiled this mysterious place.

The Grand Canyon is a result of erosion arising from rushing water, rain, snow, heat, frost and wind during the past three to six million years. It is approximately 1.6 kilometres deep and ranges from 180 metres to 30 kilometres wide from rim to rim. Measuring all the twists and turns of the Colorado River, it is 443 kilometres long. The canyon is grand, and is right in its name.

Several climatic belts of the world are represented in the Grand Canyon, ranging from desert to tropical, sub-tropical and even temperate. Variation in season, time, climate, landscape and so on all contribute to the constant changes in the display of colors, light and shadow of the canyon, which enhance its attractiveness to the tourists and adventurers as well.

The Grand Canyon is a place suitable for both active and pleasure pursuits. A leisurely walk is not only good for enjoying the scenery and the fresh air, but also for discovery of interesting wild life around. As a matter of fact, the flourishing canyon is the home of 89 mammal, 355 bird, 17 fish, 47 reptile and 9 amphibian species.

Those who look for adventure will find themselves indulged in the excitement of crossing the roaring rapids of the Colorado River. Famous for its restless and severe rapids, the river is now a great place for adventurers who like to experience the breathtaking thrills of rafting down it.

The Omnimax Show "Grand Canyon" promises to give you the ultimate excitement of crossing the Colorado River and the opportunity of unveiling the secrets of the canyon. The show will also lead you to witness the native Indian cultures of 3,000 years ago and accompany the Spanish conquistadores to discover the Grand Canyon. In addition, it will enable the audience to look in a close distance the wild animals native to the canyon, and exhilarate to the climatic changes and terrain.

The 37-minute Omnimax Show "Grand Canyon" provides narrations in Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Japanese. It will be screened from today (April 2) until September 29 at the Space Theatre of the Museum at 3.50 pm and 7.20 pm daily. An additional show at 12.20 pm will be scheduled on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Members of the public are reminded to note the changes of the filming schedule on May 16 and from May 20 to June 10 for special activities to be held at the Museum. The Space Museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

Tickets are now available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets at HK$32 for stalls and HK$24 for front stalls. Half-price concession is applicable to full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For enquiries, please call 2721 0226 or visit the Space Museum's website at

End/Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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