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HK Pavilion to get green roof

2010. 2 April

Go green: The plants and trees for the Hong Kong Pavilion's rooftop displays have been grown under temperature-controlled conditions in Shanghai nurseries.

( "Green" collaboration between Hong Kong and Shanghai will ensure a vibrant and verdant rooftop display for the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010 from May to October.

The pavilion rooftop's theme, Connect to Nature, illustrates Hong Kong's closeness to nature and highlights the fact that country parks and green belt areas make up 70% of Hong Kong's total land mass.

Mainland nurseries

Nurseries in Shanghai as well as Guangdong will help supply the lush vegetation for the rooftop displays comprising three main areas:

* a woodland area planted with 40 trees;
* wetland ecological habitats with an artificial water scene and wooden walkway; and,
* surrounding walls with pixel images depicting Hong Kong's interaction with its natural surroundings and close proximity to nature.

Mainland nurseries will supply more than 1,000 plants and trees for the pavilion, including Chinese banyan and camphor trees which are common in Hong Kong.

Tiptop condition

"The plants and trees have been grown under temperature-controlled conditions in Shanghai because the winters there are colder than in Hong Kong," Architectural Services Department Chief Project Manager Chan Hoi-ming said.

"To ensure the vegetation display is maintained in tiptop condition, reserve vegetation will replace any original plants and trees that are adversely affected by the conditions in Shanghai during the expo.

"Also, the displays will comply with criteria to meet floor loading capacity and be no higher than 3.5 metres."

Eco features

Showcasing Hong Kong's rich natural heritage and the co-existence of its urban and countryside areas, the "green" rooftop will help insulate the Hong Kong Pavilion and keep the interior cool in the summer heat.

In addition to the heat-absorbing vegetation, there will be a number of other "green" elements built into the pavilion to tie in with the expo's overriding theme of Better City, Better Life.

These include solar panels to generate electricity, water cascades to cool the interior air, heat-reflecting glass, energy-efficient air-conditioning and recyclable building materials.

Green city

Besides highlighting the city's connectivity to nature through its rooftop display, the pavilion's huge transparent middle level illustrates Hong Kong's openness and connectivity to ideas while the ground-floor level reflects the city's global connectivity.

Each month during the expo period a different theme will promote Hong Kong's participation in this mega event, with May's focus being "Green City".

Visitors can learn more about Hong Kong's fascinating natural habitats and participate in activities, including the Green Technologies, Planning & Opportunities seminar, and tour the Green Living in Hong Kong exhibition at the pavilion atrium.