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'99 International Horticultural Exposition - Kunming, Yunnan, China
'99 International Horticultural Exposition - Kunming, Yunnan, China
The 'Spiral Touring Route' of the Hong Kong exhibition at the '99 Kunming Expo takes visitors on a gently rising, curved walkway to take in the views of both the Hong Kong Garden and neighbouring exhibits.

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Hong Kong Garden

Hong Kong took part in the International Horticultural Exposition in Kunming, Yunnan, in 1999 - the first international horticultural Expo held in China.

The theme of the Expo was "Man and Nature - Marching into the 21st Century". Hong Kong had both indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

The theme of the Hong Kong Garden outdoor exhibition was "Window of China", which highlighted how Hong Kong, as an open and transparent society with sophistication and far-sighted vision, acted as a gateway to the Mainland for the rest of the world.

The 1 500 square metre exhibition venue was designed by the Architectural Services Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

The design made use of an open, stainless steel structure to integrate the idea of "Window of China" into the Expo theme of "Man and Nature". The Hong Kong Garden was divided into seven sections: "Sky Curtain"; spiral "Touring Route"; "Ascent Walkway"; "Window of China"; "The Globe"; "Hong Kong Silhouette"; and "Ubiquitous Vitality".

A semi-transparent stainless steel "Sky Curtain" represented the high degree of transparency in Hong Kong's society.

The spiral "Touring Route" allowed visitors to appreciate both the Hong Kong Garden and neighbouring exhibitions from different angles. On the "Ascent Walkway", visitors found a lookout point to view the plants inside the garden.

The "Window of China" emphasised the theme that Hong Kong acts as a gateway to the Mainland.

"The Globe" - at three metres high - symbolised Hong Kong's connectivity with the rest of the world.

Displaying scenes of the famous Hong Kong Island cityscape, "Hong Kong Silhouette" separated the Hong Kong Garden from the gardens of other Expo participants.

"Ubiquitous Vitality" was planted with trees and shrubs. It portrayed Hong Kong as a city alive with colour and vitality.

Hong Kong's indoor exhibition under the theme "Vertical and Verdant" introduced the Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong Park, Ocean Park, and Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. This exhibition highlighted Hong Kong's green credentials and wildlife conservation efforts, juxtaposed against the more familiar backdrop of high-rise buildings and a densely populated urban environment.

Hong Kong Week

The theme of "Hong Kong Week" in early July was "Hong Kong City of Life Salutes Kunming". Programmes included performances by the Hong Kong Police Silver Band, modern dancing, cheer squads, lion dancing and a "floating colours" parade.

Hong Kong Flower Boat

To support the Expo, the Hong Kong Tourist Association exhibited a "Hong Kong Flower Boat" which was 30 metres long, 8 metres wide and 18 metres high. The Flower Boat contained 20 000 pot plants. The Chinese characters for "Hong Kong", made with fresh red flowers, were arranged on the bow of the boat.

Awards

The Hong Kong Garden received nine awards during the '99 Kunming International Horticultural Expo. These included a Contribution Award, as well as one Gold, five Silver and two Bronze Awards.

The exhibition also won the Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards 2000 "Award for Members Works Outside Hong Kong", as well as the British Institute of Architectural Technologists "Open Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology in 2000".