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Sunday last day for Hong Kong Flower Show

This weekend is the last chance for families to visit the 2004 Hong Kong Flower Show at Victoria Park.

With a record number of beautiful floral displays and activities for all ages, the show ends on Sunday (March 14).

The greatest attraction for children is "the Happy Wonderland", which will be held on the central lawn this weekend. There are game stalls, an inflatable bouncer, a road safety town and a sports carnival.

Apart from the exquisite bonsai and floral displays, a wide variety of related activities are on offer, with over 10 programmes scheduled for the final two days. The entertainment includes musical programmes, lion dance performances, floral art demonstrations and horticultural seminars. The highlights are the floral art demonstrations conducted by the masters, Stein Are Hansen of Norway and Toshio Arai of Japan.

The theme of this year's show is "Pansy Fantasia" and the theme flower is the pansy. A record high 183 organisations are taking part this year, including organisations from 17 countries - the Mainland, Japan, Indonesia, Canada, France, Finland, Singapore, South Africa, the US, the UK, Malaysia, Norway, Thailand, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Italy and Australia.

As well as the 120,000 pots of pansies on exhibit, there are also some rare species that have not previously been displayed in Hong Kong. They include orchids, Rhododendron molle, Camellia yunnanensis, Clerodendrum quadriloculare, Erica spp and Convallaria magalis.

Details of the activities are as follows:

Date/Time Event Venue
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March 13 (Saturday)
10am-11am Music performance: Ceremonial stage
Melody Quarter

11.30am-12.30pm Dance performance: Ceremonial stage
WK Group Dance

1pm-2pm Music performance: Ceremonial stage
Tuen Mun Children Choir Orchestra

1.45pm-2.05pm Lion dance performance: Central lawn (stage)
Yaumati Catholic Primary School

2.30pm-3.30pm Music performance: Central lawn (stage)
Hong Kong Children's
Symphonic Band, Music Office

3.30pm-4.30pm Floral art demonstration: Ceremonial stage
Stein Are Hansen of Norway

March 14 (Sunday)
10am-11am Music performance: Ceremonial stage
Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong

11.30am-12.30pm Talk on "Herbs with Ceremonial stage
Medicine Value": Mr Li Ning-hon

12.45pm-1.45pm Singing performance: Ceremonial stage
Tuen Mun Children Choir

1.40pm-2pm Marching band performance: Central lawn
The Boys' Brigade, Hong Kong

2pm-3pm Music performance: Ceremonial stage
New Territories Youth Strings,
Music Office

3.30pm-4.30pm Floral art demonstration: Ceremonial stage
Toshio Arai of Japan

Visitors to the flower show can also take in an exhibition of Chinese landscape photos across the road at the exhibition gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library during the show period. Admission is free.

The Hong Kong Flower Show opens from 9am to 9pm until March 14. Admission for adults is $14 and half price for children and students. Senior citizens and people with disabilities will have free admission on weekdays and half-price concession on Saturdays and Sundays. Groups of 30 or more adults pay half price on weekdays.

Tickets are on sale at LCSD's Leisure Link outlets, or at the entrance to the flower show during opening hours.

For enquiries, call 2723 6232, or visit the LCSD website .

Ends/Friday, March 12, 2004
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