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World Expo'86 Vancouver Hong Kong Pavilion
A model of the Hong Kong Pavilion for World Expo '86 in Vancouver.

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The first day cover showing the four commemorative stamps to mark Hong Kong's participation in Expo '86 in Vancouver.

A set of four commemorative stamps, with the themes of transport, finance, trade and communications, were issued by the Hong Kong Post Office to mark Hong Kong's participation in the Vancouver Expo.

The Expo theme for World Expo'86 in Vancouver was "World in Motion - World in Touch".

The theme of the Hong Kong Pavilion focused on transport, finance, trade and communications.

The Hong Kong Pavilion, designed by local architect Ho Tao, symbolised Hong Kong's perpetual mobility.

It was a box-shaped structure with the words "Hong Kong" printed in red on a bright yellow wall and enclosed by a white frame made of bamboo scaffolding.

The use of this traditional craft symbolised the flexibility of Hong Kong, as well as Hong Kong people's creativity and ingenuity.

During the Expo period, scaffolding workers from Hong Kong could often be seen engaged in minor modifications or maintenance, which reinforced the appearance of change.

The scaffolding grid, covered with life-size models of scaffolding workers, suggested a permanent state of reconstruction and redevelopment typical of Hong Kong's restless quest for improvement. Outside the pavilion, a Hong Kong tram was on display.

A 4 000-slide presentation, involving 66 projectors, lasted for almost 10 minutes. It featured images illustrating how Hong Kong kept in touch with the world through technology, highlighting the vitality and adaptability of Hong Kong people.

Inside the pavilion, live performances of mainly singing and dancing combined the techniques of multi-screen imagery with traditional theatrical performance.

Apart from receiving a booklet on the Hong Kong Pavilion, visitors were also presented with a postcard bearing personal messages and signatures of Hong Kong people. The postcard carried the message of "Hong Kong in touch with the world". Special events held during the Expo included a Mid-Autumn Festival lantern parade, a variety show, and a dragon boat race.

"Hong Kong Day" was held on July 18 and included lion dances, performances by the Royal Hong Kong Police Band, and a colourful evening variety show.

On the same day, the Hong Kong Post Office issued a set of four special stamps and a first day cover, with themes on transport, finance, trade and communications, to mark Hong Kong's participation in the Expo.