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LCSD to represent HKSARG in 6th China Flower Expo

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will represent the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the 6th China Flower Expo.

Known as the "Flower Olympics" on the Mainland, this year's Flower Expo will be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province for 10 days starting tomorrow (September 28).

The theme of LCSD's display in the Expo is named "the Fragrant Harbour", a literal translation of Hong Kong. Covering an area of around 1,300 square metres, it provides a fragrant, tranquil and pleasant environment for visitors' admiration and enjoyment.

The display comprises 35,000 plants in 60 species. They include 100 trees in 15 species, including Incense Tree, Camphor Tree, Fragrant Litsea, White Jade Orchid Tree and Magnolia, which either have tree bark containing aromatic substance, scented leaves or fragrant flowers. Around 13,000 shrubs and climbing plants in 40 species, with scented leaves or fragrant flowers, are also planted in the garden and are adorned with 22,000 seasonal flowers.

The Incense Tree, one of the fragrant plants in the garden, is an evergreen tree native to Hong Kong and has a close connection in the naming of Hong Kong. According to history, people in Hong Kong and Dongguan, Guangdong Province planted the Incense Trees in the Ming Dynasty to produce incense with the tree's resin. The incense became very popular and the industry was a great success. Incense produced in Dongguan was transported to Hong Kong where they were shipped to other provinces. That was how the name of Hong Kong, the fragrant harbour, originated.

When touring the Hong Kong display garden, visitors can hear the rustling of gentle breeze and the sound of rippling water. They can enjoy the nature with different senses, smelling the fragrance of the plants and listening to the music of nature. This is in line with the theme of the outdoor exhibition area of the Flower Expo - "Taking People As the Foundation and Man Close to Nature".

In addition, tactile paving and braille plant labels were installed inside the Hong Kong garden to help visually impaired visitors appreciate and learn about the scented plants there.

The garden will be handed over to the Flower Expo for maintenance after the exhibition.

This year's Flower Expo attracted more than 600 organisations from 30 countries and 32 provinces and cities from the Mainland.

Held once every four years, the Flower Expo is a mega floral event on the Mainland. Hong Kong has participated in the last four Flower Expos, which were held in Beijing (twice), Shanghai and Shunde.

Ends/Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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