A Guided Tour of The Chinese Ice Breaker
Xuelong The Snow Dragon
Dr. Rebecca Lee, Head of The Hong Kong Polar Museum Foundation
Dr. Thomas Bauer, Head of Polar Studies, HK Polytechnic University
Sunday, 31 October 2004
Meeting: 4.30 pm Ocean Terminal
Tour of Vessel: 5 6 pm
At short notice, we are delighted to have secured for Royal Geographical Society members 80 tickets for a private visit to the Chinese Icebreaker Xuelong, The Snow Dragon, which is berthed at Ocean Terminal. The Xuelong is the centrepiece of Chinese polar research and she sails on Monday, 1 November for a year of research in Antarctica. The Royal Geographical Society has a particular association with polar research, having sponsored research on both poles for more than 120 years. Among the expeditions sponsored by the Society are those of Scott and Shackleton, perhaps the most famous expeditions in history to the Antarctic. We also hold the world's largest polar archive in our library and museum. The tour of the Snow Dragon will be led by Dr. Rebecca Lee, Head of the Hong Kong Polar Museum Foundation, and Dr. Thomas Bauer, Head of Polar Studies at HK Polytechnic University. Drs. Lee and Bauer will give short talks on the helicopter deck or dining room of the vessel, followed by a tour of the vessel led by Dr. Lee. Members and up to two guests are most welcome to attend this event. Attendees must be at least of eight years and hold a Hong Kong ID Card, which is required to board the vessel. The cost of this field trip is $50 for members and $100 for guests.