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Friday, April 29, 2016, 20:38

HK opens its first selfie-themed park

By Li Xiange

HK opens its first selfie-themed park
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung (center) and Comic artist Tony Wong Yuk-long pose with comic characters during the opening ceremony of Ani-Com Park@Harbour "FUN" at Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai on April 29, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's first selfie-themed park with animation and comic elements, aiming to promote local tourism and creative industries, is open to the public from Friday.

The park, near Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai, showcases 30 life-sized sculptures of classic local ani-com characters in 1:1 scale. The characters on display include Master Q, Wang Xiao-hu, Panda-a-Panda and Ding Ding Penguin.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung said the ani-com park is a good demonstration of cross-industry collaboration. By showcasing Hong Kong’s comic works, the park will be a new scenic spot for tourists. In this sense, the comics industry, tourism industry and tourists will all benefit from the project, So said.

So said the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will repackage Wan Chai to highlight its historic heritage and ani-com culture. HKTB will promote it through various channels to tourists. It will also encourage the tourism industry to include the park in the itineraries of visitors to Hong Kong, added So.

Chairman of Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation Tony Wong Yuk-long said Wan Chai has nurtured many renowned comic artists with its unique background and open atmosphere. Wong hoped the comic-themed park would make a lasting impression on tourists.

A tourist surnamed Li, from Zhuhai, Guangdong province, said the comic exhibition is great fun. Li came to Hong Kong with her parents to spend a three-day holiday this weekend.

HK opens its first selfie-themed park
A boy poses for photo in the selfie-themed park in Hong Kong. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

"I've taken loads of photos for my 9-year-old daughter who didn't come this time. I'll take her to visit here next time. She will definitely like it," said Li.

Malaysian tourist Kong Sing Nguong took his 13-year-old daughter to visit the comic park. He said his daughter likes cartoons, so he felt the trip to Hong Kong was rewarding.

He said he learned about the park through a link his friend shared on social platforms. At the same time he also hoped the park could do more in advertising to attract more overseas tourists.

Tourism industry lawmaker Yiu Si-wing said the ani-com park adds new elements to Hong Kong’s existing tourist spots, which could contribute to promoting the local culture.

Yiu predicted that, during the first year of the exhibition, the majority of visitors to the park will be local residents. “This place provides a good chance for many Hong Kong parents to recall their memory about comics when they were young,” added Yiu.

Yiu also said Hong Kong should do more to regain its appeal among tourists, after the tourist groups to Hong Kong saw a dramatic decrease this year.

The park will be open for three years until May 2019.

HK opens its first selfie-themed park
A girl poses for photo in the selfie-themed park in Hong Kong. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HK opens its first selfie-themed park
A visitor does arm wrestling with Tiger Shark, a well-received comics figure, during the opening ceremony of Ani-Com Park@Harbour “FUN” at the Golden Bauhinia Square, Wan Chai, on April 29, 2016. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

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