The vessels joining a parade at the opening ceremony of the East Asian Games (EAG) have arrived in Hong Kong today (November 25) to pave way for the ceremony.
The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tang Tak-sing this afternoon inspected the vessel to be used as the floating stage for the ceremony. The vessel is moored at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. After that he went to the Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter to inspect the nine vessels designed to show the characteristics of the nine countries and regions participating in the EAG.
Mr Tsang expressed appreciation to the design and said he was confident that the boat parade would add glamour to the EAG opening ceremony.
He welcomed a city-wide support to the opening ceremony, inviting the people of Hong Kong to join this jubilant celebration on the night of December 5.
The vessels, showcasing the characteristics of the nine participating countries and regions of the EAG, were adorned and dressed up by Beijing Beiao Grand Cultural and Sports Events. The nine countries and regions are China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Hong Kong China, Japan, Korea, Macau China, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei and Guam.
The opening ceremony of the 5th EAG will be held on December 5 night at the Victoria Harbour, starting from 8pm. Besides a parade of adorned vessels, it will also feature a cultural performance and special light effects as well as fireworks display.