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Expo 2010 HK pavilion works start

2009. 10 April

( Work has begun on the Hong Kong pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai. It will take about 11 months to complete.

This marks another milestone in Hong Kong's participation in the expo, Director of Hong Kong Economic & Trade Affairs in Shanghai Patrick Chan said.

Publicity programmes will be arranged in the coming year to encourage Hong Kong people's support for and participation in the expo, he said.

The standalone Hong Kong pavilion will be located south of the China pavilion and next to the Macau pavilion, and will occupy 600 square metres within the China pavilion area in Pudong.

With a theme of 'Hong Kong - A City with Unlimited Potential', it will highlight Hong Kong's unique characteristics and showcase the city's creativity as well as connectivity with the Mainland and the world.

The three-level pavilion will have a sleek, contemporary look. The middle level is mostly transparent giving it a distinctive image, symbolising the infinite imagination and creativity of Hong Kong and its people.

The design is based on the winning entry - the Pavilion of Infinity - of a concept design competition held by the Government in 2008.

HK's participation

Hong Kong will also join the Urban Best Practices Area Exhibition under the theme 'Smart Card, Smart City, Smart Life' to show how the wide use of smart-card technology has improved efficiency and the quality of city life.

It will take part in the Expo Online project by constructing a virtual pavilion for Internet surfers from around the world to experience the Hong Kong pavilion and exhibition online.

The Government will also develop its own special Expo 2010 website to promote Hong Kong's participation in the expo. An exhibition will be held in the Shanghai Expo Exhibition Centre in July to promote this.

Expo 2010 in Shanghai will be held from May 1 to October 31 next year under the theme "Better City, Better Life". A range of activities and events promoting Hong Kong will be held, including a Hong Kong Week in October 2010.