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June
Lotus Show Opens at Hong Kong Park
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More than 1,000 pots of lotus in 150 cultivars are now on display at Hong Kong Park. Members of the public will be able to see many rare species from Nanjing and Hangzhou during this nine-day lotus show.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Lotus Show today (June 26), Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong, pointed out that the department organised a series of greening activities with a view to beautifying the city and enhancing green consciousness of the public.

"With keen involvement and cooperation from all sectors of the community, we can join hands to build a greener Hong Kong", she said.

She said that 2004 Lotus Show was one of the major activities organised by local organisations under the department's the Green Hong Kong Activities Subsidy scheme.

Other officiating guests of today's opening ceremony included the Patron of the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), Sir David Akers-Jones; the Honorary President of the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), Mr Stephen Lee; the Honorary President of the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong), Mr Paul Leung; and Miss Hong Kong 2003, Miss Mandy Cho.

Held at the conservatory and the lakes of Hong Kong Park, the lotus show is open until July 4. There will also be artistic floral arrangements, landscape display and exhibition on paintings and photographs on lotus. Other fringe activities include demonstration of ceramics and Chinese painting, and talks on photography and Chinese medicine.

Details of the lotus show:

Location: The conservatory of Hong Kong Park
Opening hours: 11am to 6pm on June 26, 9am to 6pm from June 27 to July 4
Admission fee: Adults HK$10; children, students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities HK$5

Location: The lakes of Hong Kong Park
Opening hours: 6.30am to 11pm from June 26 to July 4
Admission is free

Details of related activities:

1. Demonstration on ceramics, 10.30am to 1 pm on June 27 (Sunday)
Speaker: Mr Ho Tai-kwan, Ceramics artist

2. Talk on photography, 2.30pm to 4.30pm on July 1 (Thursday)
Speaker: Mr Chan Pak-kin of United Artist Photographic Association Limited

3. Talk on lotus, 10.30am to 11.30am on July 4 (Sunday)
Speaker: Mr Li Ning-hon of Hong Kong Chinese Medical Research Institute

4. Demonstration of Chinese painting, 2.30pm to 4.30pm on July 4 (Sunday)
Speaker: Mr Li Tak-po of Dan Ching Kok Gallery

For enquiries, please call 2521 5068 or visit LCSD website ( http://www.lcsd.gov.hk ).

Ends/Saturday, June 26, 2004
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