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Heritage delegation to study Shanxi monuments

A delegation from the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) and the Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) will leave tomorrow (May 15) for a five-day visit to study heritage conservation at Shanxi.

"With visits to archaeological sites, the delegates will have the opportunity to better understand about heritage protection, conservation and management. They will also look at the conservation policies of the provincial government with emphasis on heritage legislation, city planning, macro management of cultural heritage as well as promoting heritage education," a bureau spokesman said.

Members of the delegation will also meet heritage conservation experts and officials dedicated to heritage management in Shanxi to share the experiences and strengthen co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland on cultural heritage research.

The delegation, led by board chairman Mr Edward Ho Sing-tin and Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Lolly Chiu Yuen-chu, comprises 11 board members and officials from HAB and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department who are responsible for heritage conservation.

"Members of the delegation are professionals of various fields. They are legislators, planners, architects, engineers and educators. With a wide spectrum of experts, the delegation will consider matters relating to heritage conservation and management from different perspectives," the spokesman said.

The board had organised similar study tours for its members to gain experience of heritage conservation in the region including visits to archaeological sites in Shan Tong in November, 2001, and Macau in October, 2003.

The spokesman said the study tour was co-ordinated by the National Administration for Cultural Heritage and the delegation would be received by the Shanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau.

The delegation will visit historic sites and monuments in Datong, Yingxian, Wutaishan, Taiyuan and Pingyao and meet local officials and conservation experts. Members will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from the National Administration for Cultural Heritage in Beijing and to explore further exchange and co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland on cultural heritage research.

A report on findings and observations from the study tour will be presented to the HAB for reference and to the board meeting for discussion.

Ends/Saturday, May 14, 2005

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