SHKP Reading Club's second Explore the World cultural exchange draws over 200 youngsters to explore Hong Kong
Encouraging local and overseas youngsters to 'read' the community from a different perspective


22 Dec 2015


With Christmas fast approaching, the SHKP Reading Club set up by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) staged an Explore the World cultural exchange to echo with the festive aura of spreading love and happiness.  The activity saw 50 underprivileged children, youth volunteers and exchange students from overseas learning about each other’s culture through storytelling in addition to sharing the joy of reading. The participants also visited Central to appreciate the resplendent Christmas decorations and sent their best wishes to one another, showing how one can break down geographical and language barriers during festive seasons.


The SHKP Reading Club worked with AFS Intercultural Exchanges and Hong Kong Playground Association to present the Explore the World for the second year running.  The programme comprises four cultural activities designed on the theme of 'four basic necessities of living' and is expected to draw a total of 200 participants, including underprivileged children, youth volunteers and youngsters from Asian, European and American countries such as Thailand, Germany, Norway, Belgium and Brazil. In the first two activities, children and teenagers got acquainted after taking in a series of fun games, regardless of their diverse cultural backgrounds. They also talked about books related to the theme, from which they were able to derive additional pleasure from multi-lingual reading.

To encourage youngsters to learn beyond books as well as 'reading' the past and future of the city up-close, Explore the World activities took them to the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, an over-80-year-old structure that was revitalized and turned into a Xiqu centre featuring Cantonese opera costumes and history.  They also savoured Guangdong dim sum at a Chinese restaurant to get a taste of the 'yam cha' culture, and visited Statue Square and the City Gallery in Central to understand Hong Kong's special architecture, urban planning and infrastructure projects.

Explore the World is one of the SHKP Reading Club’s community projects to promote multi-lingual reading through cultural exchanges. The programme enables underprivileged children and local volunteers to make friends with people from overseas and discover the world through fun, interactive games.   Participating overseas teens can take part in volunteer work and call on different communities in Hong Kong.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.
Underprivileged children from Yau Tsim Mong District and exchange students from overseas listen carefully to tour guide's narration at Yau Ma Tei Theatre, showing keen interest in stage setting and musician seats of Cantonese opera
SHKP Reading Club's second Explore the World cultural exchange draws over 200 youngsters to explore Hong Kong
Encouraging local and overseas youngsters to 'read' the community from a different perspective


22 Dec 2015



Underprivileged children from Yau Tsim Mong District and exchange students from overseas listen carefully to tour guide's narration at Yau Ma Tei Theatre, showing keen interest in stage setting and musician seats of Cantonese opera

With Christmas fast approaching, the SHKP Reading Club set up by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) staged an Explore the World cultural exchange to echo with the festive aura of spreading love and happiness.  The activity saw 50 underprivileged children, youth volunteers and exchange students from overseas learning about each other’s culture through storytelling in addition to sharing the joy of reading. The participants also visited Central to appreciate the resplendent Christmas decorations and sent their best wishes to one another, showing how one can break down geographical and language barriers during festive seasons.


The SHKP Reading Club worked with AFS Intercultural Exchanges and Hong Kong Playground Association to present the Explore the World for the second year running.  The programme comprises four cultural activities designed on the theme of 'four basic necessities of living' and is expected to draw a total of 200 participants, including underprivileged children, youth volunteers and youngsters from Asian, European and American countries such as Thailand, Germany, Norway, Belgium and Brazil. In the first two activities, children and teenagers got acquainted after taking in a series of fun games, regardless of their diverse cultural backgrounds. They also talked about books related to the theme, from which they were able to derive additional pleasure from multi-lingual reading.

To encourage youngsters to learn beyond books as well as 'reading' the past and future of the city up-close, Explore the World activities took them to the Yau Ma Tei Theatre, an over-80-year-old structure that was revitalized and turned into a Xiqu centre featuring Cantonese opera costumes and history.  They also savoured Guangdong dim sum at a Chinese restaurant to get a taste of the 'yam cha' culture, and visited Statue Square and the City Gallery in Central to understand Hong Kong's special architecture, urban planning and infrastructure projects.

Explore the World is one of the SHKP Reading Club’s community projects to promote multi-lingual reading through cultural exchanges. The programme enables underprivileged children and local volunteers to make friends with people from overseas and discover the world through fun, interactive games.   Participating overseas teens can take part in volunteer work and call on different communities in Hong Kong.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.