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Cultural diversity of Silk Road for Hong Kong

The ancient Silk Road was not only a route of trade and commerce, but also a bridge between ancient China and the West, having profound effects on the exchange of economics, politics and culture.

This autumn, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present the "Silk Road Arts Festival", taking Hong Kong audiences to revisit the mysterious Silk Road and to discover its colourful cultural diversity through wide-ranging and exhilarating programmes.

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Cross Boundary Passengers Save When Using the MTR

Rail passengers arriving at Hong Kong from the Mainland of China can enjoy discounts of up to HK$5 on MTR fares by swiping their Octopus cards over either one of the two new Fare Saver machines located near two immigration check points.

The new Fare Saver machines are installed in the paid area of Shenzhen Metro’s Futian Kou’an Station and inside the restricted area of the Hung Hom Station Intercity Through Train Arrival Hall. Cross boundary passengers who swipe their Octopus cards over the Fare Savers may enjoy a fare discount on the next MTR trip they take on the same day from MTR Lok Ma Chau or Hung Hom stations to any MTR destination (except the Airport Express).

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Category: People Living

Facelift for Observatory's ultraviolet information webpage

The Hong Kong Observatory June 25 launched a new webpage with more information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation to raise people's awareness of sun protection and minimise the harm from UV radiation.

On hot summer days, people are inevitably exposed to UV radiation when outdoors.  To raise their awareness of sun protection, the Observatory launched the new webpage on UV radiation.  In addition to revamping the existing information of real-time and forecast UV indices, other useful information has been added.  This includes the statistics of past UV indices, the health effects of different types of UV radiation like UVA and UVB, the effectiveness of sunscreen lotion and clothing in protecting against UV radiation, common misconceptions about sun protection and applications of UV in daily life.  The new webpage can be accessed on (www.weather.gov.hk/wxinfo/uvindex/english/euvindex.htm).

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Summer Journey on the Airport Express with TRANSFORMERS

Fans of TRANSFORMERS are reminded to act quick and purchase the Airport Express X TRANSFORMERS Limited Edition Group Souvenir Tickets and Limited Edition Gift Set, which go on sale starting 29 June 2009. This is the first time TRANSFORMERS have made an appearance on any train ticket in Hong Kong.

The Souvenir Group Tickets are valid for travel on the Airport Express from Hong Kong, Kowloon or Tsing Yi stations to Airport Station and vice versa, and will be available at any Airport Express Customer Service Centre (except AsiaWorld-Expo Station) until 31 August 2009, while stock lasts. Tickets are valid until 30 September 2009 and will be returned as a souvenir after use.

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Meeting of INTERPOL Asia-Pacific Expert Group On Asian Organized Crime concluded

The 6th Meeting of INTERPOL Asia-Pacific Expert Group on Asian Organized Crime, co-hosted by INTERPOL and the Hong Kong Police Force between June 23 and 24, was successfully concluded June 24.

Held in Hong Kong for the first time, the meeting brought together some 40 senior criminal investigators from 14 member jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific Region, including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macao SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Korea and Thailand, to discuss current and future threats and challenges associated with Asian Organized Crime (AOC) in this international forum.

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Expansion plan of Hong Kong Disneyland

Chief Executive: The Government and the Walt Disney Company have reached an agreement on the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland and the relevant financial arrangements.

The expansion plan will boost the number of “theme areas” from four to seven.  The new attractions will come on stream in phases over the next five years.

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Books for Love @ $10

Swire Properties and St. James’ Settlement will jointly organise a “Books for Love @ $10” charity sale where over 10,000 new books are sold at HK$10 each.  The books featured are wide-ranging and include current English bestsellers, children’s books, cook books, fiction and non-fiction.

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Exhibition of flower show winning photos

Winning entries in the "Blossoming Welcome for the EAG" Photo Competition of the Hong Kong Flower Show 2009, which was organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and held in March at Victoria Park, are now on display in Kowloon Park Arcade until July 31, from 7am to 11pm daily. Admission to the exhibition is free.

The photo competition, jointly organised by the LCSD and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), was one of the show's major fringe activities to promote community greening. This year, the competition received over 7,000 entries.

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MTR Website Enhancements Bring Passengers to Their Destination and Beyond

New clickable route map, an easy-to-navigate layout, detailed station information and nearby entertainment options are all part of the MTR Corporation’s enhanced customer website at www.mtr.com.hk, designed to assist passengers before, during, and after their journeys on the MTR. For the first time, a special version of the website will be tailored for viewing on mobile phones, helping passengers plan their MTR journey anytime, anywhere.

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