The Hong Kong Observatory headquarters was open to the public during 23-24 March. More than 10,000 people were attracted to join the event.
The Observatory organises an Open Day in March every year to celebrate the World Meteorological Day (http://www.wmo.int/worldmetday/
) which falls on 23 March. This year, the theme of the Open Day was "Watching the weather to protect life and property". Through words, pictures and exhibits, the Observatory introduced various services including weather, climate, aviation meteorology, geophysical science and radiation monitoring to the public. State-of-the-art equipment was displayed, game booths, guided eco-tour and photo backdrop for posing as a member of Weather Family were also set up for the public.
The Open Day was welcomed by the visitors. They commented that the Observatory staff was friendly and helpful, and they particularly praised for the care of the Observatory staff to shelter the visitors (especially kids who had not brought umbrellas) from showers in the afternoon on 24 March. They also said that they had their knowledge enriched from the well-presented exhibits and interesting games.
The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming, also autographed the new book "Under the same sky" for celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Observatory during the Open Day. Many people welcomed this opportunity and posed for a picture with him.
Apart from the Observatory staff, more than sixty members of "Friends of the Observatory" volunteered to man the Open Day and enjoyed a happy weekend with the visitors.
Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr Shun Chi-ming (2nd left) at the autographing session.
Hong Kong Observatory Open Day 2013.
The Observatory staff helped sheltering the public from showers.
Strong support behind the scene - volunteers of Friends of the Observatory.