Unworldly experience as Innotech return

Cynthia Chan

Advanced innovations and technologies from China will be on display at an 11-day Innotech Expo starting today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai.

The fourth Innotech Expo, which will end next Thursday, returns after three years of pandemic-related interruption with the theme “Leading the future with technologies”, with the organizer, the Our Hong Kong Foundation, expecting a total of 120,000 visitors and entry is free.

The latest breakthroughs in China’s innovative technology will be showcased in 50 exhibits, some of which will be shown to the public for the first time, including a replica of the country’s first Mars rover and a launch pad from Tianwen-1, China’s first mission to Mars.

Also on display is the world’s first levitating maglev Sky Train, which has a top speed of 600 kilometers per hour and was launched by China earlier this year.

Visitors can step inside a life-size replica of “Striver,” the world’s deepest-diving manned submersible made by China, and get an up-close look at 49 grams of Earth from the moon.

Other technological achievements in aerospace, land and sea exploration under the country’s 13th five-year plan will be presented.

The expo also highlights the scientific development of the SAR by presenting 25 selected local scientific researches. These include space instruments and techniques devised by the Polytechnic University and the Chinese University.

The founding president of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences, Tsui Lap-chee, an organizer of the expo’s advisory group, said the 25 presented research results were selected by the expert group and further improved.

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“We hope that scientific research can be seen, touched and understood by visitors,” Tsui said.

These included exhibits from the fields of communication and automation, medicine and health, environment and food, as well as materials science and microelectronics.

Tsui hoped that the SAR could establish the upstream, middle and downstream innovative industries and cooperate with the Greater Bay Area to turn research results into products.

Visitors can get a feel for a rocket launch, what it’s like to walk on Mars, and step out of a space station through virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

You can watch videos, performances and lectures on scientific topics from more than 100 speakers.