China manned space delegation arrives in Hong Kong for four-day visit

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From left to right: Liu Boming from the Shenzhou-12 mission, Ms Wang Yaping from the Shenzhou-13 mission, Mr Chen Dong from the Shenzhou-14 mission, and Mr Zhang Lu from the Shenzhou-15 mission.

28th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) A delegation from the China Manned Space Agency is set to arrive in Hong Kong today for a four-day visit at the invitation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

Leading the delegation is Mr Lin Xiqiang, Deputy Director General of the China Manned Space Agency. The delegation includes astronauts who participated in the construction of the Chinese Space Station, namely Mr Liu Boming from the Shenzhou-12 mission, Ms Wang Yaping from the Shenzhou-13 mission, Mr Chen Dong from the Shenzhou-14 mission, and Mr Zhang Lu from the Shenzhou-15 mission. The delegation also includes experts from various fields related to manned space engineering systems.

Mr John Lee, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, warmly welcomes the delegation and expresses gratitude to the Central People’s Government for organising the visit.

In his statement, Mr Lee acknowledges the extraordinary achievements of the China Manned Space Program over the past three decades. He highlights that the program has fulfilled the millennium-long dream of the Chinese nation to venture into space, a source of great pride for the Chinese people. The visit of the delegation provides an opportunity for the people of Hong Kong to closely witness China’s remarkable advancements in manned space development and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s aerospace technologies. Mr Lee emphasises that the visit reflects the Central People’s Government’s support and care for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

During their stay, the delegation will participate in a media briefing to share the latest developments of the China Manned Space Program and answer questions from the press. They will also officiate the opening ceremony of the “China Manned Space Exhibition” and engage in meetings with representatives from Hong Kong’s innovation and technology sector, as well as teachers and students from tertiary, secondary, and primary schools for knowledge exchanges.

As a gesture of welcome, the delegation will attend a variety show at the Hong Kong Coliseum. The Home Affairs Department will distribute approximately 5,000 free tickets with assigned seat numbers to the public. The distribution will take place from 1pm today at 20 Home Affairs Enquiry Centres on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of two tickets per person while stocks last. The variety show will be broadcast live on TVB Jade at 5 pm tomorrow and will be re-run on 2nd December at 1.15 pm, also on TVB Jade.

Visit Programme

28th November (Tuesday)

  • Welcome Ceremony at Hong Kong International Airport
  • Meet-the-media
  • Welcome Dinner

29th November (Wednesday)

  • Dialogue with students at primary and secondary schools
  • Hong Kong Welcomes the Delegation of China Manned Space Variety Show (Hong Kong Coliseum)

30th November (Thursday)

  • Opening Ceremony of the “China Manned Space Exhibition” (Hong Kong Science Museum) (to be confirmed)
  • Luncheon and exchange views with innovation and technology tertiary education sectors
  • Dialogue with tertiary students and academic staff (Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

1st December (Friday)

  • Farewell Ceremony
  • See-off at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Section