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25 July 2018

New UNESCO Global Geopark-themed Banknotes in Hong Kong

Through the collaboration of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks of Hong Kong, the 2018 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes were unveiled on 24 July 2018. Among the five new denominations, the HK$500 banknote features the world-class hexagonal rock columns in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. The notes will be put into circulation in early 2019-20, replacing the existing 2010 series.

“Besides carrying state-of-the-art security features, the new series is distinctly different from the previous banknotes series in the design,” said Mr Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the HKMA. “We are thankful to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (the management authority of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark) and other partners for their valuable advice and contribution to the new Hong Kong banknotes series, which reflects the wide and surprising spectrum of life and natural heritage in Hong Kong.”

In addition to an educational mobile application (app), roving exhibitions will be held across several districts in Hong Kong, introducing the new banknotes and the design themes to the public before they are released.

“These beautifully designed denominations with "UNESCO Global Geopark" as the design theme are probably the first-ever in the world of this type,” said a spokesman for Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. “The release of these new bank notes and the mobile app will not only promote Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, but also contribute to the global geopark movement. May I take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the HKMA's valued contribution to the global geopark movement through the production of these beautiful new bank notes.”

 

 

 

 

13 July 2018

Introduction of green minibus service to serve East Dam of High Island Reservoir on 22 July 2018

The Transport Department (TD) announced that New Territories green minibus (GMB) route No. 9A, which will ply between Pak Tam Chung and the East Dam of High Island Reservoir in Sai Kung, will be introduced on July 22 (Sunday). The route will operate from 3pm to 6pm on Sundays and public holidays at a frequency of 20 to 25 minutes and the fare will be $11.30. The route will operate on a trial basis and will be reviewed after three months of operation.

The East Dam of High Island Reservoir is located within the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, which has been a popular tourist attraction for both local and overseas visitors. The TD believes that the above GMB service will assist them to visit the High Island Reservoir on Sundays and public holidays.

The TD will closely monitor the passenger demand of the above GMB service, and will suitably adjust the service if necessary.

For details, please visit: http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201807/09/P2018070900597.htm

 

 

 

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