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Hong Kong Observatory opens to public
(20 March 2007)

The Hong Kong Observatory will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (March 24 and 25).

Every year in March, the Observatory organises an Open Day to celebrate World Meteorological Day, which falls on March 23. This year, the theme of World Meteorological Day is "Polar Meteorology - Understanding Global Impacts". Although the polar regions may seem remote from us, they play an important role in controlling and regulating the climate of the entire planet. In recent years, with the notable decrease in the sea ice, melting of glaciers and permafrost, and global warming gaining momentum, it is now more urgent than ever to understand more about the interplay between the polar regions and the rest of the world.

A special exhibition explaining the work of the Hong Kong Observatory will be staged for the visitors. There will be a mock-up of the Forecasting Office where meteorologists will explain how weather forecasts are made. Another attraction is a special exhibit where visitors can pose as a TV weather presenter.

Nature lovers can also explore the special ecological environment of this "oasis" amidst the city's concrete jungle.

Admission to the observatory will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days with the exhibition closing at 5:15 p.m.. In the event of a rainstorm or thunderstorm warning, the exhibition will be suspended.

All members of the public are welcome. The observatory is located at 134A Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Entrance is at the main gate in Nathan Road near Tsim Sha Tsui Kai Fong Welfare Association. The exit is in Observatory Road. There is no access to the observatory from Observatory Road.

No tickets are required, but entry will be regulated if necessary.

 

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