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June
Exhibition on National Flag, Emblem and Anthem unveiled

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The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, today (June 27) unveiled "The National Flag, Emblem and Anthem of the People's Republic of China" Exhibition at the Hong Kong City Hall.

Accompanying Mr Tung at the opening ceremony were the Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr Gao Siren; the Special Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in the HKSAR, Mr Ji Peiding; the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping; the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung; the Vice-Director of the National Museum of China, Mr Ma Yingman; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee; and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, Professor Lee Chack-fan.

The exhibition tells how China's National Flag, Emblem and Anthem were chosen and explores the deeper meanings behind them. It is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the National Museum of China, the Education and Manpower Bureau and The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture.

The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow, June 28, until July 14 at the Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong City Hall Low Block.

Speaking at today's opening ceremony, the Secretary of Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, noted that the national flag, emblem and anthem were symbols of a country, manifesting its sovereignty and dignity.

"On October 1, 1949 when the founding of the People's Republic of China was proclaimed, the National Flag of New China was hoisted in Tiananmen Square while `The March of the Volunteers', the then interim National Anthem, was played, marking the climax of the Founding Ceremony. One year later, the National Emblem was placed on Tiananmen Tower on the first anniversary of the National Day. By then, the National Flag, Emblem and Anthem were officially in place, embodying the national identity and prestige of the PRC," Dr Ho said.

He said the exhibition was not merely a display of artefacts, but also a good occasion for civic education, fostering understanding of the National Flag, Emblem and Anthem of the PRC and of the regional flag and emblem of the HKSAR as well.

The exhibition displays 80 artefacts of historic significance.

Exhibits featuring the national flag include the original design of the National Flag by Zeng Liansong; a scale model of the spaceship Shenzhou bearing the design of the National Flag; and China's first-ever Olympic gold medal, won by Xu Haifeng in Los Angeles in 1984.

Exhibits related to the national emblem include a compilation of the reference materials on the design of the national emblem; a plaster model of the National Emblem; and passports of the HKSAR and the PRC bearing the National Emblem.

Exhibits related to the anthem include a postcard with the lyrics and score of the National Anthem and the original scores of unsuccessful entries to the national anthem competition.

Other intriguing exhibits include the microphone used by Mao Zedong on the rostrum of Tiananmen Square to proclaim the founding of the PRC; a public announcement by the Central People's Government of the PRC; draft resolutions on the National Capital, National Calendar, National Anthem and National Flag; Mao Zedong's inaugural speech at the opening of the Plenary Session of the First Chinese People's Political Consultative Congress; and a waxworks reconstruction of the September 14, 1982 meeting between Deng Xiaoping and Mrs Margaret Thatcher during the Sino-British negotiations on the future of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong City Hall is located at Edinburgh Place, Central. Its Exhibition Hall is open from 10 am to 10 pm daily. Admission is free.

For enquiries, please call 2559 4904.

End/Friday, June 27, 2003

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