Hong Kong to hold lights show for 75th anniversary of People’s Republic of China

Hong Kong authorities will hold a special lights show and a Mid-Autumn Festival lantern display at Victoria Park themed around National Day as part of celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung on Wednesday told lawmakers that some museums would also offer free admission as different government bureaus and departments rolled up their sleeves to prepare for this year’s October 1 anniversary.

“The chief secretary for administration has given instructions […] asking all bureaus and departments to make concerted efforts to plan and take forward the preparatory work for the National Day celebrations on all fronts” he said.

“Apart from the key programmes such as the annual large-scale National Day reception, flag-raising ceremony, variety show and fireworks display, all bureaus and their departments will also organise an array of celebratory activities […] with a view to enabling more members of the public from different backgrounds and age groups to take part in and share the joy of National Day.”

There will be a National Day-themed edition of “A Symphony of Lights” at Victoria Harbour throughout October. Photo: Dickson Lee

Among the highlights revealed by Yeung are a special National Day edition of Victoria Harbour’s nightly light show “A Symphony of Lights” that will be held throughout October; a Mid-Autumn Festival lantern carnival at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay; and free admission to all museums managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department on October 1.

“The lantern carnival at Victoria Park will also invite secondary and primary school pupils from all over Hong Kong to submit their concepts for lanterns under the topic of celebrating National Day,” Yeung said.

The culture minister added that the Home Affairs Department would lead efforts to celebrate the occasion at a district level.

“We are hoping to push or utilise different resources in the community to do a good job in organising activities that promote National Day,” he said.

Yeung also said the government had encouraged private museums to mark the occasion with some special offers or exhibitions.

Apart from the events revealed by Yeung, city leader John Lee Ka-chiu previously said he would strive for a pair of pandas being gifted by Beijing to arrive in Hong Kong by National Day.
He revealed on Tuesday that the pair would be young adults of an age suitable for breeding and described them as “agile”, “gentle” and “adorable”.

The pair are currently being prepared for transfer to Hong Kong but must undergo 30 days of quarantine on the mainland and another 30 in the city before they can be introduced to the public.

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