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Range of activities planned to celebrate PRC's 60th anniversary

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Hong Kong SAR Government will co-operate with various sectors of the community to launch a wide range of celebration activities for the participation and enjoyment of everyone in Hong Kong.

There will be ceremonial and celebratory events such as a flag raising ceremony, National Day fireworks display, variety show by young people, cultural show and carnival. Large-scale exhibitions and conferences will also be held to introduce the nation's changes and achievements. Mainland exchange programmes for youth will also be organised to enhance their understanding of their motherland. A series of cultural, sports and district activities will also be held, including the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games 100 Days Countdown cum Torch Relay on August 29.

One of the highlights is the first visit of China's Yuanwang-6 space tracking ship to Hong Kong from April 29 to May 4. Yuanwang-6 is the third-generation maritime tracking ship of international standard developed and built by China. It was engaged in maritime tracking of the Shenzhou-7 manned space mission.

During its stay in Hong Kong, Yuanwang-6 will berth at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui and will be open to the public from April 30 to May 3. Group visits by schools and social welfare organisations are arranged on April 30 and visits for individuals with tickets distributed free in advance are scheduled from May 1 to 3. Visits will be in the form of guided tours which will be conducted in Putonghua by the ship’s crew to see the deck, steering room, control room and cabins.

Distribution of 14,000 free tickets for touring the ship will be arranged on a first-come-first-served basis from 9am to 9pm on Saturday (April 25) at 10 Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) venues. Each person is allowed a maximum of two tickets. Each visit will last about 30 minutes and visitors need to choose a visit session upon collection of tickets.

The 10 ticket distribution venues are:

* Hong Kong City Hall (5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong);
* Queen Elizabeth Stadium (18 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong);
* Hong Kong Cultural Centre (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon);
* Hong Kong Science Museum (2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon);
* Sha Tin Town Hall (1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin);
* North District Town Hall (2 Lung Wan Street, Sheung Shui);
* Kwai Tsing Theatre (12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung);
* Tsuen Wan Town Hall (72 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan);
* Tuen Mun Town Hall (3 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mun); and
* Yuen Long Theatre (9 Tai Yuk Road, Yuen Long).

Tickets not taken up on April 25 will be distributed at the Science Museum’s box office on Sunday (April 26) from 9am to 9pm.

About 4,700 tickets will be reserved for schools and social welfare organisations subvented by the Social Welfare Department or members of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, and the distribution is on a first-come-first-served basis. Each school and social welfare organisation will be offered a maximum of 30 tickets. Application forms for group visits can be downloaded from the website of the Science Museum: http://hk.science.museum. Completed forms should be sent by fax to 2311 2248 or 2367 5459.

Visiting hours are as follows:

* April 30 (Thursday) to May 2 (Saturday): 8am to 9pm;
* May 3 (Sunday): 8am to 3pm.

Ticket holders should arrive at the boarding reception on Level 2 of Ocean Terminal 15 minutes before the specified date and time on the ticket. They will be divided into groups of 30 persons for a 30-minute guided tour. As Yuanwang-6 is a functional research vessel, there are limitations on the passageways on board and the facilities leading to the pier. The ship is unable to receive people with mobility disability.

Visitors to the Yuanwang-6 will have a chance to win a model of Shenzhou-7 (scale 1:60) by participating in a lucky draw with their tickets. Fifty winners will be drawn at the Main Lobby of the Science Museum on May 5. The results as well as arrangement for collecting the prize will be announced in the South China Morning Post and Ming Pao and uploaded onto the website of the Science Museum on May 7.

A free public lecture will be held at 2.30pm on April 30 at the Lecture Hall of the Science Museum on a first-come-first-served basis. The lecture will be conducted in Putonghua by the captain and scientists, with a question-and-answer session.

Antennas on the Yuanwang-6 space tracking ship.
Antennas on the Yuanwang-6 space tracking ship.

 

Visitors to the Yuanwang-6 space tracking ship will have a chance to win a model of Shenzhou-7 (scale 1:60) by participating in a lucky draw with their tickets.
Visitors to the Yuanwang-6 space tracking ship will have a chance to win a model of Shenzhou-7 (scale 1:60) by participating in a lucky draw with their tickets.

Source: GovHK (www.gov.hk)