Government House and garden open to the public

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 March, 2014, 4:46am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2014, 11:06am

Government House will be open to the public today to allow visitors to enjoy the architecture and the blossoming flowers in the garden.

In his blog, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (pictured), who is also a keen gardener, said citizens could see Holland kalanchoe, one of the 20 new flower species being planted this year at the complex, a declared monument on Upper Albert Road, Central.

"Other than flowers and plants, the environmentally friendly facilities will also be showcased," Leung wrote.

Some web users, however, plan to use the open day to stage a protest against mainland visitors. A Facebook group named "One hundred million people protest with one hundred million suitcases inside Government House" urged people to bring a wheeled suitcase with them as part of the demonstration. More than 200 people clicked "going" on the page on the social network last night.

The organiser of the group, Shirley Chiu, suggested on the website that they aim to mock mainland tourists by bringing suitcases.

If they were stopped by a security guard, protesters should speak loudly in Putonghua and identify themselves as mainland tourists, Chiu wrote on the site.

Chiu could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Nearly 4,000 people visited Government House during its last open day, on November 24 last year.

The house will be open from 10am to 5pm today.