Civil Service Newsletter March 2013 Issus No.87
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City Gallery captures the essence of Hong Kong
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HONG Kong takes pride in its comprehensive town planning and infrastructure provisions in shaping and developing this former fishing village into Asia’s world city. The City Gallery is a five-storey exhibition venue offering a wide range of interactive exhibits highlighting Hong Kong’s unique history and showcasing the vision of the city’s planning and infrastructure projects.
 
 
 
City Gallery

 

The Gallery was officially opened on August 20, 2012 by the Chief Secretary for Administration. In Chinese, the name “展城館” means the Gallery is like a book which reveals our city to the public, while its English name , City Gallery, fully complements the neighbouring City Hall.

The City Gallery logo

Reflecting Hong Kong’s unique urban characteristics and illustrating its dazzling charm and spirited assets, the City Gallery logo is designed to signify the City’s vibrant and unique look and feel, namely the rolling ridge lines (green layer), buildings and skyscrapers (grey layer) and the spectacular night scenes reflected on the Victoria Harbour (rainbow colour bar).

 

City Gallery

 

City Gallery

 

Journey through City Gallery

The journey through the City Gallery starts on the ground floor, where visitors orientate themselves and register their visit with a customised QR code card. Apart from the “City Hall Annex History” section located on the ground floor, which presents the Gallery’s history, visitors are also greeted with an interactive exhibit, “Great World Cities”, which compares Hong Kong with other major cities, such as London and New York. Visitors can also see the differences and similarities of the cities in themes of interesting statistics, such as builtup areas and population densities. The ground floor also periodically hosts thematic exhibitions, with notable recent displays including “Opening the Towers” and “City Impression@Tsim Sha Tsui”.

 

City Gallery

 

City Gallery

 

 

The gallery floors are interlinked by a coherent theme - “Unique Hong Kong”. A palette of vibrant red tones has been applied throughout the Gallery to contrast with the deep grey colour of the building, creating a warm and enchanting atmosphere. Visitors will be surprised by the hidden sound boxes recessed in the walls along the passageway. When the small doors on the walls are opened, they reveal photos and corresponding urban sounds reflecting Hong Kong’s unique lifestyle, such as photos of a cha-chaan teng (Hong Kong-style café) and the clinking of plates and cutlery. When moving up to the third floor, vertical connections are added in key locations joining the floors, creating viewing paths and openings which amalgamate into a dynamic and complex space for
visitors to explore.

   
City Gallery

 

The escalator journey leads visitors straight up to the third floor for the must-see “Main Show”, a 17-minute audio-visual presentation about Hong Kong’s past, present and future developments. Following this, visitors move on to explore the exhibition corridor that houses exhibits related to the topic “Who Does the Planning”, and the changing coastlines and cityscape of Hong Kong since the 1840’s.

 

City Gallery

 

On the second floor, visitors can learn about the maze of underground utilities in the “Strategic Infrastructure” zone. They can explore these provisions along a tunnel-like corridor with pushbutton platform and light panels. Role-playing as a strategic planner in the “Strategic Picture” zone poses a new challenge to the visitors. They can also test-drive the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge in the “Transport & Communications” zone. The “Sustainable Hong Kong” area is carefully designed with renewable bamboo along with recycled acoustic panels. They can explore Hong Kong’s green spaces and sustainable initiatives here. The outdoor balcony provides visitors with a sweeping view across the beautiful Victoria Harbour and the extensive waterfront park in the foreground.

 

City Gallery

 

City Gallery

 

In the “Living Environment” zone on the first floor, visitors can experiment with different urban designs and ventilation criteria to enhance the built environment. They are also reminded to protect our heritage through the relevant considerations and classifications of heritage sites in the “Protecting Our Heritage” zone. The last exhibit “Hong Kong’s Next Century” encourages visitors to express their views. Located in the centre of the exhibit is a cut-out map of Hong Kong, onto which visitors can place building blocks to express their views on the city’s future.

Visitors are also welcome to call at the Resource Centre on the fourth floor to explore more in-depth subjects, such as town planning and infrastructure developments, through the collection of related books and periodicals, as well as to browse the Internet for relevant materials on provided computers.

What’s new

As part of the “Hong Kong: Our Home” Campaign, the Gallery will host a series of events related to “City Impression@Your Neighbourhood”. Workshops for less privileged children and youths will also be organised as summer activities.

 

Information on City Gallery
   
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 6pm
Closed on Tuesday (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Chinese New Year
   
Enquiry: (852) 3102 1242
   
Fax: (852) 3104 0129
   
Website: http://www.citygallery.gov.hk
   
Email: enquiry@citygallery.gov.hk
   
Address: 3 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong