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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A brief description on how our representation works

The purpose of designing this representation

Scanning the websites available, we find that there is not one from which we can search information about all the tourist attractions in Hong Kong. For the convenience of both the local and foreign tourists, it is essential to have a more comprehensive website in a visual and interactive format to introduce the sightseeing spots in Hong Kong. In recent years Hong Kong government has done a lot to attract tourists to visit Hong Kong, it is believe that a well designed visual interactive representation could help. This project is just in an initial stage to bring out this crucial and workable idea. This time we have decided to introduce four most popular Hong Kong attractions, the Ocean Park, the Disneyland Hong Kong, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and the Giant Buddha. Undoubtedly, there are many other attractions which are worth visiting. Perhaps we can add some more into the representation in a later stage.

The Use of the representation

This interactive visual representation is mainly designed for communication of information. Target users are able to get information they need from this representation. We try to make it more user-friendly. Users just need to have a few clicks to get information needed.

This representation can also be used as a reference material for teaching and learning. For instance, when students are asked to write an essay or do a project to introduce tourist attractions in Hong Kong or to plan a trip in Hong Kong, they may collect useful information from this representation. Though it is not the main aim of this design, we believe that it may help in learnig in a certain extent.

The functionality of the representation

Through this interactive visual representation tourists can get information about each attraction on five main areas. They should first choose an attraction they would like to visit by clicking the picture. Then the picture chosen will be highlighted with a RED frame. At the same time, five icons appear at the bottom representing " Historical Briefing", "Entry Fee", "Opening Hours", "Ticket Booking" and "How to get there". They may put the mouse on one of the five icons to get information they need. Then certain relevant information will pop up. The design is simple enough for all kinds of visitors who want to know more about tourist attractions in Hong Kong.

Reflection

As we have mentioned above, this representation is just in an initial stage. With our limited IT skills and due to time constraint, we are sure that there is still room for improvement. For example, more tourist attractions and information icons can be included in the representation. Based on our idea, we hope that the organizations and departments concerned can develop it further in future.

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