Saturday, May 24, 2008

BC Premier Campbell in Beijing

BC Premier Gordon Campbell at the Beijing Aquarium

Beijing ~ I haven't seen him around town, but Premier Gordon Campbell officially opened Vancouver Aquarium’s brand new exhibit in China on May 23.

Treasures of Canada’s Pacific Coast was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Beijing Aquarium.

Premier Campbell was joined by Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada; B.C.Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen; Vancouver Aquarium president Dr. John Nightingale; and Vancouver Aquarium board member James Ho.

The public ceremony celebrated the collaboration between the two aquariums in Vancouver and Beijing.

Treasures of Canada’s Pacific Coast is a long-term temporary display at the Beijing Aquarium, featuring six living displays of British Columbia’s marine (ocean) fish and invertebrates including rockfish, ratfish, sea stars, sea anemones and more. The exhibit also features displays and a video showcasing BC's diverse and rich ocean coastline.

Open to coincide with the British Columbia Canada Pavilion for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing, the marine exhibit highlights the beauty of British Columbia’s coastline and the fascinating qualities of the aquatic animals who make their home along the shores of British Columbia.

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