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April
Three Hundred Maps Shown in "Round the World in Travel Maps" Exhibition

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It's a great excitement for children when they look for Hong Kong from the big world map. For tourists, it is fun to locate the favourite tourist spots from the maps.

Whether they depict the whole world or just one city, maps are more than a mere navigational tool. They're also a treasure-trove of art and a rich source of knowledge.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the "Round the World with Travel Maps" Exhibition, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Michael Mak said that public were interested in viewing maps as they were important documentation reflecting culture, technology, geography and historical development.

He added that maps made from different places during different eras are ingenious artwork for appreciation.

"About 300 Western and Oriental travel maps as well as modern and ancient maps of Hong Kong will be shown in the Exhibition," he said.

Jointly presented by the Hong Kong Public Libraries, the Marco Polo's Cartocell and the Lands Department, the Exhibition is opened today (April 15) with Mr Mak, Curator of Marco Polo's Cartocell, Mr S C Tam, and the Deputy Director of Lands (Survey and Mapping), Mr K F Yeung as the officiating guests.

The Exhibition will be held at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) Exhibition Gallery from April 16 to 29. Admission is free.

The exhibits run the gamut from the Ping Jiang Tu, an 800-year-old map from the Southern Song Dynasty, to the newest maps of the deep ocean floor.

The exhibition is organised under 10 themes:

Windows of the World -- Explorers began broadening the horizons of our world around 1400 AD. The 12 magnificent world maps in this collection will inspire you to stretch your own limits by exploring new markets and opportunities.

Cities of China -- Are you curious to know what Shanghai and Chongqing looked like during the Qing Dynasty, or locate Beijing's magnificent scenic spots? About 80 city maps illustrate the development and evolution of China's great cities over 5,000 years.

Famous World Cities -- Maps of Tokyo, Melbourne, London, Rome, Paris, Zurich and New York.

Nations Around the World -- Tourist maps as promotional tools in China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, New Zealand, the Middle East, Italy, Germany, Holland, Luxemburg, Greece and other countries.

Park of Dreams -- What is the most rewarding thing about travel? If your answer is turning dreams into reality, you'll enjoy these colourful hanging maps and ancient Chinese map scrolls, plus maps of the Swiss lakes, the Great Barrier Reef, Disneyland and other attractions.

Tourist Spots -- Travellers like to keep maps as souvenirs of the countries they visit. The ones collected here depict a number of ideal travel destinations, as well as some of the world's most famous universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Scenic Landscape -- A must for people who love exploring untrodden nature. It features maps of the polar regions, mountains, rivers and seas, including the deep sea floor.

Transportation Maps -- Bus, metro, railroad, airline and highway route networks.

Provinces of China -- The expressways, railroads and special trunk roads in various Mainland provinces.

Pearl of the Orient -- Five kinds of Hong Kong maps, covering trails, countryside, roads, urban and town areas and air navigation charts. Visitors can also use the Map Archives Retrieval System to browse maps and aerial photos that provide an insight into Hong Kong's changing landscape.

In connection with the exhibition, special talks will be given on April 18, 19, 20 and 26 on the production, use and development of maps. All talks will be conducted in Cantonese and take place in Activity Room 1, G/F of the Central Library.

For enquiries about the exhibition and talks, call 2921 2648 or browse the website at www.hkpl.gov.hk.

End/Tuesday, April 15, 2003

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