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Free guided tours for East Asian Games Gallery visitors

The 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) Gallery on the second floor of Hong Kong Park Sports Centre will offer free guided tours to visitors during weekends, starting this Saturday (August 5) to help them better appreciate the exhibits and enjoy their visits more.

People who are interested should assemble at the entrance to the 2009 EAG Gallery shortly before the guided tours start at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each tour will last 30 minutes. The capacity is 20 people and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants who finish a quiz at the end of the tour will receive a souvenir.

Since last month (July), the gallery has been providing free tour guide service to schools and non-profit making organisations on Tuesday and Saturday mornings by appointment which can be made up to three months in advance. This arrangement will continue. Application forms can be downloaded from the 2009 EAG website at . For enquiries, please call 2601 7656.

The Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games Gallery was set up by the 5th EAG Planning Committee in October, 2005, at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre, 29 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, to enhance public understanding of and interest in the EAG.

Apart from text and pictures on the history of the ancient and modern Olympics, the background of the EAG, milestones in Hong Kong's sports development and the ongoing preparation for the 2009 EAG, the gallery displays many precious collectibles such as Olympic torches, medals and posters of the previous and the 2008 Olympic Games, as well as models of venues to be used for the 2009 EAG.

There is also a thematic exhibition corner to showcase souvenirs of different major sporting events. Contents of the thematic exhibition are updated every six months or so. Games mascots past and present are currently on display in the thematic exhibition corner.

The gallery opens from 10am to 9pm daily, except on the first and third Mondays of each month when it will open from 1pm instead because of maintenance work.

The tour guides of the gallery are all tertiary students trained under a special programme launched in June by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.

Ends/Thursday, August 3, 2006
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