On November 10, 2018, the first ever China International Import Expo (CIIE) concluded in Shanghai. The expo brought together thousands of Chinese buyers with foreign companies and government representatives looking to export to the country. First announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in May 2017, the expo marked the latest of a series of efforts to reverse global sentiments on China’s trade practices and to promote China as an open and free market.
The Hong Kong Exhibition Area set up by the Hong Kong SAR Government received overwhelming response from visitors from all over the world, effectively promoting Hong Kong's role as a strategic gateway and important hub connecting China to the world.
Themed "Hong Kong In", the Hong Kong Exhibition Area was located inside the China Pavilion of the Country Pavilion for Trade and Investment. Rich in content, the exhibition introduced Hong Kong's strengths, major infrastructure projects, popular tourist attractions, and innovation and technology products and inventions. The visitors could also learn about Hong Kong's participation in the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development, its contributions to the reform and opening up of the country, and the implementation of "one country, two systems" and the Basic Law.
With the use of various multimedia technologies, such as a transparent projection touch screen, mixed reality, holograms, 3D mapping, an interactive magic book and a naked eye 3D display, visitors could view the exhibition content in an interactive way.