HK youth group to visit Zhe­jiang

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­

Hong Kong will send its big­gest-ever youth del­e­ga­tion to a main­land prov­ince at the end of this month as 2,000 young peo­ple from the city go to Zhe­jiang on an ex­change trip as part of the 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of Hong Kong’s re­turn to the moth­er­land.

The ex­change pro­gram will be­come a reg­u­lar event and more than 10,000 Hong Kong young peo­ple are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate over the next three years, Zhe­jiang’s head of the of­fi­cial re­la­tion pro­mo­tion body — the provin­cial united front work de­part­ment — Feng Zhili said.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, whose fam­ily came from Zhe­jiang, at­tended the launch cer­e­mony early this month. She hoped the par­tic­i­pants can in­crease their knowl­edge about the af­flu­ent prov­ince and know more about the whole Chi­nese main­land.

She called on Hong Kong’s young peo­ple to grab the op­por­tu­ni­ties brought by the coun­try’s rapid growth and make a con­tri­bu­tion to the city and coun­try.

To achieve that, all should know more about the coun­try’s cur­rent con­di­tions and strengthen their com­pet­i­tive­ness, Lam said.

The six-day tour will start on July 30 and take the city’s young­sters to 11 cities in the prov­ince — in­clud­ing Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wen­zhou, Shaox­ing and Zhoushan.

Hangzhou, home of in­ter­net gi­ant Alibaba’s head­quar­ters, is seen as one of the China’s in­no­va­tion bases. Trip or­ga­nizer the New Home As­so­ci­a­tion (NHA), a so­cial care or­ga­ni­za­tion in Hong Kong, plans to let the stu­dents feel Zhe­jiang’s cre­ative at­mos­phere.

NHA Chair­man Hui Wing-mau said the coun­try is in a golden era of de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially in in­no­va­tive in­dus­tries. “New tech­nol­ogy in­te­grated with Chi­nese cul­ture of­fers Hong Kong youth a unique op­por­tu­nity to de­velop,” Hui said.

This is not NHA’s first such tour. Since 2015, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has funded trips by more than 4,500 Hong Kong peo­ple, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, to visit Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Guang­dong and Fu­jian. The trips aimed to let the young peo­ple see the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment in per­son and wit­ness the tra­di­tional cul­ture.

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