20 May 2019
Commissioner for Tourism Joe Wong (center) launches the revitalized Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail on Thursday. Photo: ISD
Commissioner for Tourism Joe Wong (center) launches the revitalized Dr Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail on Thursday. Photo: ISD

Artworks, technology add zest to Sun Yat-sen historical trail

The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Historical Trail, established 22 years ago, has taken on a new look.

The Tourism Commission announced on Thursday the completion of a HK$9 million revitalization project that makes use of art and technology to enrich the experience of visitors to the city’s latest cultural attraction, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Commissioner for Tourism Joe Wong Chi-cho said it is hoped that more locals and tourists will visit the trail, which features 15 spots that commemorate the years that Dr. Sun Yat-sen spent in Hong Kong.

Established in 1996, the trail celebrates Sun’s life and achievements as he led the revolution that ended imperial rule in China.

The revitalization project was undertaken by the Tourism Commission in collaboration with the Central and Western District Council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

Wong said the Central and Western District is the focal point of the historical trail, offering visitors a more in-depth and diversified travel experience.

Nine local artists had been invited to create unique artworks to replace the original memorial plaques at the 15 historical spots along the trail with the aim of revitalizing the walk while highlighting the rich cultural characteristics of the city.

An information board, the 16th spot on the trail, adds to the visitor’s knowledge of Hong Kong during the time when Dr. Sun stayed in Hong Kong.

Curator Kenneth Tse Kam-wing, one of the artists, noted that before the revitalization project was undertaken, the historical trail made use of black-and-white photos and written words, which some visitors did not find too interesting.

It is hoped that the new art installations and audiovisual aids would attract more locals and tourists, Tse said.

To guide visitors, the LCSD offers an iM Guide app which they could use to scan QR codes attached to the artworks and learn more about the artists’ creative ideas.

To promote the trail, the Tourism Commission has also set up Facebook and Instagram pages where people can watch video clips about Dr. Sun’s life in Hong Kong.

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