Take a tour around the world

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 12:00am

Maps are not just guidebooks. They are windows to the world, both past and present. Don't miss the Round the World with Travel Maps exhibition at the Hong Kong Central Library's Exhibition Gallery. It features about 300 Western and Oriental travel maps.

The exhibits, including a Chinese map from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and the most recent deep ocean floor maps, are displayed under 10 zones.

'Windows of the World' features 12 world maps made since explorers began travelling the world in around 1400. More than 80 maps in the 'Cities of China' zone depict the evolution of the cities over the last 5,000 years.

'Famous World Cities' features maps of Tokyo, Melbourne, London, Rome, Paris, Zurich and New York, while maps in the 'Nations around the World' zone will take visitors to tourist spots across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and other countries.

Visit the Swiss lakes, the Great Barrier Reef or other places of your dreams through 'The Park of Dreams'. Those who prefer untrodden parts of the world will be impressed by maps of the polar regions, mountains, rivers and seas floors in the 'Scenic Landscape' zone.

Other zones include 'Tourist Spots', 'Transportation Maps', 'Provinces of China' and 'Pearl of the Orient'.

The exhibition runs till Saturday, accompanied by four talks on the production and development of maps.

The last talk will be held on Saturday. Admission to the exhibition and the talk is free.

For details, visit www.hkpl.gov.hk and click on Extension Activities.