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FS visits Shanghai Expo (with photos/video)

The Financial Secretary, Mr John C Tsang, continued his Shanghai visit and first went to tour the Expo 2010 Shanghai China (Shanghai Expo) site this morning (May 15).

He started by visiting the splendidly built China Pavilion, and was amazed at various fascinating exhibits inside the pavilion.

He then toured the Hong Kong Pavilion to see the city's full commitment to the Shanghai Expo and our efforts to promote the revitalised Brand Hong Kong (BrandHK) to Mainland and global visitors. Accompanying him was Mr Alan Chan, designer of the refreshed logo of BrandHK.

With the introduction of Commissioner, HKSAR Expo Affairs Office, Mr Patrick Chan, Mr Tsang walked through the three-level pavilion themed "Connected to the Global Village", "Connected by Ideas, Information and Diversity" and "Connected to Nature" respectively.

Mr Tsang was told that since the grand opening of the Expo park on May 1, the Hong Kong Pavilion welcomed about 10,000 visitors on average every day.

Most visitors said they were happy with various appealing interactive exhibitions in the Pavilion, and were most impressed by the 3D movie on the ground level, "Green Living in Hong Kong" exhibition, "Hong Kong Vision" interactive game and the wetland park scenery on the rooftop.

"I am very glad to learn that senior government officials and business leaders from the Mainland and overseas who had visited our pavilion spoke highly of its exhibition contents and our staff's courteous services.

"We also received an appreciation letter from a consul-general saying how impressed its visitors were with the many interactive features of the Hong Kong Pavilion," Mr Tsang said.

Mr Tsang also toured Macau Pavilion and Taiwan Pavilion before travelling to the Puxi side of the Expo park to visit Hong Kong's Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) exhibition.

He was shown the stunning visual effects of the 360-degree circular screen and vertical LED screens, and how the many different applications of smart card and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology were introduced to visitors via interactive virtual hosts.

Since Hong Kong's UBPA exhibition officially opened on May 1, it had attracted about 50,000 visitors and attained a record high of more than 5,300 visitors yesterday (May 14).

The majority of visitors were satisfied with the innovative exhibition, and were particularly interested in the photo-taking function of the interactive portals. Visitors also appreciated the helpful and friendly service provided by the pavilion assistants.

In addition, visitors of the Hong Kong Pavilion and Hong Kong's UBPA exhibition were delighted to receive the environmentally friendly carrier bag and the bracelet with a RFID chip to activate exhibits as souvenirs at the respective exhibition. Some pavilion visitors also received the first day cover issued by the Hong Kong Post on "Hong Kong's Participation in Expo 2010 Shanghai China" to mark the official opening of the Hong Kong Pavilion this month.