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HK spares no expense to present its finery

THE Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's government has committed HK$346 million (US$44.64 million) in funding for its Shanghai World Expo presence.

It is the most that the region has pledged for a World Expo, the Hong Kong Expo team said yesterday as an exhibition began in Shanghai to introduce its plan.

Of the fund, HK$145 million is for the design and construction of the pavilion, and the rest is for operations and activities, including its Urban Best Practices showcase.

Hong Kong would spare no effort for the Shanghai event as it would be the first World Expo in China, said Henry Tang Ying-yen, the Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

Tang said the government launched the exhibition in Shanghai on the 12th anniversary of the establishment of the special administrative region to show the friendship between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

He presented a silver model of the Hong Kong Pavilion to Shanghai Vice Mayor Yang Xiong at the ceremony. Yang gave back a porcelain vase.

People can visit the exhibition on 300 Huaihai Road M. free through July 14.

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.

Hong Kong will also showcase its multifunctional smart card in the Urban Best Practices Area of the Expo. Its "Smart Card, Smart City, Smart Life" demonstration will allow visitors to experience the high-tech lifestyle Hong Kong residents enjoy.


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