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Construction starts on Hong Kong's pavilion

CONSTRUCTION began yesterday on the Hong Kong Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo and should be finished next March.

The three-story metallic structure will sit next to the China Pavilion.

The pavilion will symbolize the imagination and creativity of Hong Kong people, said pavilion director Ng Hon Wing.

The third floor of the pavilion will have an indoor wetland park based on the Hong Kong Wetland Park in downtown Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, which opened in 2006. The second floor of the pavilion will be transparent.

The pavilion hopes to attract 2 million visitors. Hong Kong pop stars will visit the pavilion during Expo, giving visitors the opportunity to talk and have photos taken with them.

The special administrative region will explore the theme "Hong Kong - the Infinite City," with a focus on its urban transport network, advanced scientific facilities, financial and trade systems, multinational culture and sustainable high-quality urban life.

The special administrative government is spending US$5.16 million in its Expo participation despite the current global financial climate, said Patrick Chan Chi-king, director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs in Shanghai. The government will invite Hong Kong businesses to also invest in Expo.

Hong Kong will make its Expo presentation with the 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions on the Chinese mainland. The national participants will be housed in a joint pavilion around the China Pavilion, and separate pavilions will be arranged for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Hong Kong will also showcase its multifunctional smart card in the Urban Best Practice Area of the Expo. Its "Smart Card, Smart City, Smart Life" will let visitors experience the lifestyle that Hong Kong residents enjoy using smart cards for public transport, car parking, shopping and entertainment.


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