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Hong Kong Observatory 125th Anniversary Open Day
(16 March 2008)

The Observatory was opened to public last Saturday and Sunday (15 and 16 March 2008), and attracted more than 10,000 visitors of all ages. Every year, the Observatory organizes an open day to celebrate the World Meteorological Day on 23 March. This year, the theme of the World Meteorological Day is 'Observing our planet for a better future'. In the past decades, the humankind has made substantial progress in weather observations which laid a firm foundation for climate research and weather forecasting. The Open Day this year showcases to the public how the Observatory makes use of various advanced observational equipment in serving the community. The Observatory's core activities as well as its support to the Olympic Games this year were also introduced through other exhibits. As in past years, the visitors were very interested in the simulated forecasting office with scientific officers explaining the science of weather forecasting, a mock-up TV studio for posing as a TV weather presenter, the game booth as well as the eco-tour.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Observatory. To commemorate this special Open Day, a booklet was specially prepared and distributed to each visitor. Apart from giving a brief history of the Observatory, the booklet also explains the latest temperature projection in Hong Kong taking into account both global warming and urbanization. Before leaving, many visitors had their booklet stamped with the 125th anniversary logo and signed to pledge fighting against global warming.

One of the visitors Miss Ho said, 'The Open Day this year is freshened up with new ideas. The exhibits are all very educational.' Ming, a little boy, was most happy to be able to pose as a TV weather presenter. Mr Ian McKirdy, a geography teacher of South Island School was very impressed with the historical building. He said, "It feels good to be in such a photogenic environment."


Observatory staff explaining the principles of operation and applications of meteorological instruments
Observatory staff explaining the principles of operation and applications of meteorological instruments


Heavy responsibility at a tender age  - a small girl signing to pledge fighting against global warming
Heavy responsibility at a tender age - a small girl signing to pledge fighting against global warming


Visitors taking photos at the  'Solar Winds 2'  renewable energy car designed by Observatory staff
Visitors taking photos at the 'Solar Winds 2' renewable energy car designed by Observatory staff


Director of Hong Kong Observatory Mr Lam Chiu-ying taking photos with visitors
Director of Hong Kong Observatory Mr Lam Chiu-ying taking photos with visitors



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