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2008.09.18   Speech by Deputy Director (Culture) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, at the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition “Building Together: 160 Years of Hong Kong – French Common Heritage and Perspectives” (English version only)

Mr. Thebault, Professor Liu, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have great pleasure to welcome you all to the opening ceremony of this unique exhibition on French architecture in Hong Kong.

French architecture is well-known world-wide for its outstanding characteristics. In Hong Kong, there are a number of beautiful French buildings. When France established diplomatic representation here in 1848, buildings in French style such as Bethanie, Nazareth, French Mission Building and St. Paul's Convent began to appear. Some of them are still standing outstandingly among the many modern buildings today and are in good use. These buildings can tell many stories about the history and development of Hong Kong and have formed part of our heritage.

Illustrated with artifacts, models and photos, this exhibition will give us a better understanding of the social and cultural connections and exchanges between France and Hong Kong over the past 160 years.

I wish to express our gratitude to the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and the Chinese University of Hong Kong for their initiative and sponsorship for making this exhibition possible. Our thanks also go to those who have provided many valuable photos and exhibits for the exhibition.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Consulate General of Hong Kong & Macau on their 160th anniversary of diplomatic representation in Hong Kong. We look forward to seeing more cultural collaborations between France and Hong Kong in the future.

Thank you.

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