The opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Chinese Medicines Centre under the School of Chinese Medicine was held last Friday (5 July). The celebrations included an exhibition and lectures held to enhance public awareness of the sustainable development of Chinese medicine and the importance of protecting rare species of animals and plants. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Dr. Ronald Lam, Assistant Director of the Department of Health, HKSAR Government; Mr. Barry Lo, General Manager of Bank-Wide Operation Department, Bank of China (Hong Kong); Mr. Chan Yiu-keung, Assistant Director, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; Mr. Li Ying-sang, Executive President of Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Industry Association (HKCMIA); Mr. Lui Wai-keung, Principal President of HKCMIA; Mr. Wong Kong-hui, Chairman of HKCMIA; Mrs. Pamela Chan, Deputy Chairman of the Council and the Court, HKBU; Professor Franklin Luk, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor; Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine; and Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine. The University set up the Chinese Medicines Centre in 2003 with the financial support of Bank of China (Hong Kong). The number of exhibits on display at the Centre has increased from 3,000 in 2003 to more than 10,000 at present, while the number of visits has exceeded 70,000 in total. Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, said that Chinese herbal medicine is a precious natural resource and is closely related to the development of Chinese medicine and public health. Therefore, people from different sectors and members of the public should do a better job to conserve Chinese herbal medicine and ensure these precious resources be sustainable in demand. Two lectures were held on the same day with Professor Zhao Zhongzhen speaking on “Chinese Medicine Resources and Conservation of Rare Animals and Plants” and Ms. Phoebe Sze of the Endangered Species Protection Division, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, sharing on “Hong Kong current Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance”. In addition, a three-month exhibition on Chinese Medicine Resources and Conservation of Rare Animals and Plants is currently being held at Dr. & Mrs. Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine, G/F of the HKBU Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building. Open to the public for free, the exhibition showcases more than 100 specimens of rare animals and plants and herbs which can be used in Chinese medicine. Some of the exhibits have been donated by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for display at the exhibition and to the School thereafter. For details on the exhibition, please visit: http://scm.hkbu.edu.hk/tc/cmresc/.
Honourable guests officiate at the opening ceremony: (from left) Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Mr. Li Ying-sang, Mrs. Pamela Chan, Mr. Chan Yiu-keung, Dr. Ronald Lam, Professor Franklin Luk, Mr. Barry Lo, Mr. Lui Wai-keung, Professor Lu Aiping, and Mr. Wong Kong-hui