Record-set­ting HK youth group starts Zhe­jiang tour

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By SHADOW LI in Hangzhou stushadow@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Hong Kong sent its big­gest and youngest-ever youth group — about 2,000 youth with an av­er­age age of less than 26 — for a six-day ex­change visit on Mon­day to 11 cities of Zhe­jiang prov­ince, which pi­o­neers e-pay­ment and e-com­merce ap­pli­ca­tions.

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, called on Hong Kong youth to take the op­por­tu­nity to en­hance their na­tional iden­tity and un­der­stand the main­land, in or­der to de­velop them­selves and con­trib­ute to the na­tion in fu­ture.

The Hong Kong deputy made the re­marks with the del­e­ga­tion on Mon­day af­ter­noon,

Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Lin Wu spoke at the same oc­ca­sion. He said that the youth were an im­por­tant force to up­hold and im­ple­ment “one coun­try, two sys­tems” and re­al­ize Hong Kong’s fu­ture.

The large-scale ex­change trip shows peo­ple are heed­ing the call by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to strengthen the ex­change and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween young peo­ple from Hong Kong and the main­land, Lin said.

Li Sze-lim — chair­man of the New Home As­so­ci­a­tion which or­ga­nized the trip and also ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of Guangzhou R&F Prop­er­ties — said the cre­ative and in­no­va­tive spirit of peo­ple in Zhe­jiang , where en­trepreneur­ship is highly en­cour­aged, is some­thing Hong Kong youth can learn and ben­e­fit from.

The trip, funded by as­so­ci­a­tion, is part of the 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the re­turn of Hong Kong to the mother­land.

The tour will let young peo­ple from Hong Kong ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the in­no­va­tive and cre­ative de­vel­op­ment of the main­land. They can also dis­cover the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal her­itage of the prov­ince.

Lee Hiu-ching, 17, is a Form 5 stu­dent who had par­tic­i­pated in two sim­i­lar ex­change trips be­fore. She was sur­prised to find

The large-scale ex­change trip shows peo­ple are heed­ing the call by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to strengthen the ex­change and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween young peo­ple from Hong Kong and the main­land.” Lin Wu,

Hangzhou is so mod­ern, with unique cul­tural tra­di­tions.

Lee, who asked her friends to join the trip to Zhoushan, a coastal city of the prov­ince, said if pos­si­ble she would love to work in Hangzhou in the fu­ture.

The youngest-ever ex­change del­e­ga­tion, which ar­rived on Sun­day, will be di­vided into groups to visit 11 cities. Th­ese in­clude such cities as Hangzhou, the cap­i­tal of Zhe­jiang and home to many cre­ative and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, Wen­zhou — the main­land’s fa­mous man­u­fac­tur­ing base, and Shaox­ing — renowned for its wine in­dus­try.

On Mon­day, the sec­ond day of the tour, sev­eral Hong Kong youth were taken on a guided tour with their main­land coun­ter­parts to ex­pe­ri­ence the cash­less life­style that peo­ple in Hangzhou and other main­land cities en­joy.

They toured the city us­ing mo­bile pay­ments, in­clud­ing mo­bile wal­lets such as Ali­pay, to fin­ish a bike-shar­ing trip around West Lake — one of the most ac­claimed tourist sites of the city — a bus ride and a taxi ride around the city, as well as a shop­ping tour. The ex­change pro­gram, which about 10,000 young peo­ple will join in the com­ing three years, has been pop­u­lar in Hong Kong, es­pe­cially among youth from grassroots fam­i­lies.

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