Hong Kong Palace Museum Opens to Public, Using Unique Cultural Heritage to Tell China’s Story

Hong Kong Palace Museum Photo: IC

The Hong Kong Palace Museum officially opened to the public on Sunday, displaying more than 900 precious cultural relics selected in Beijing, including 166 first-class national cultural relics, to tell the public about China’s long history and unique culture. .

The museum was due to open on Saturday but was postponed due to Typhoon Chaba.

It is reported that nearly 100,000 tickets have been sold or reserved through various ticketing platforms. In addition, all of the free July Wednesday screenings have been fully booked, amounting to approximately 11,000 free tickets.

Among the 914 works of art and relics borrowed from the Beijing Palace Museum, 166 of them are first-class cultural relics recognized as national treasures, accounting for 18% of all exhibits at the museum in the cultural district of West Kowloon. This is the largest loan from the Palace Museum to another institution since its creation in 1925.

Other national treasures also include ceramics such as an extremely rare Ru kiln brush washer from the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) and a jade imperial seal used by emperors during the Qing dynasty (1644- 1911).

In a display listing obtained by the Global Times, the exhibit includes well-known artworks such as the painting Rhapsody on the Luohe River Goddess by Jin Dynasty (265-420) artist Gu Kaizhi and Autumn Colors between Rivers and Mountains by Zhao Boju. of the Song dynasty (960-1279).

Many Hong Kong residents expressed their excitement about the museum’s opening on social media platforms. Four residents, dressed in traditional Han clothing, visited the museum on Sunday and said they wanted to mark the opening of the venue in a special way. There were also visitors dressed in traditional Chinese clothing visiting the museum.

The first person to enter the venue, surnamed Cai, said he was excited to visit the museum and wanted to appreciate the ceramic crafts and other cultural relics, Hong Kong media reported on .CC.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum has nine exhibition halls featuring a distinctive architectural design that echoes the style of Beijing’s Forbidden City, home to the Beijing Palace Museum. The exterior of the museum is inspired by a huge square bronze cauldron known as a “ding”. The colors, however, are the same beige and dark red tones with a cool gray embellishment of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

“Talking about the culture of either city or this museum in Hong Kong, everything is based on the motherland. Traditional Chinese culture is the foundation and all the cultural elements and local heritage in Hong Kong that we see now are based on that. The city was not touched by foreign cultures until later,” Louis Ng, the curator of the new Hong Kong Palace Museum, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview in June.” Many people may not know this, but Hong Kong has a deep connection with the Palace Museum,” Ng recalled.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is not a branch of the Beijing Academy, it is a partnership, Wang Xudong, director of the Beijing Palace Museum, told People’s Daily that the exhibition of the Hong Kong Palace has many innovative perspectives, such as the dialogue between ancient and modern, and Chinese and Western interpretation of horse culture, which reflect all the advantages and characteristics of Hong Kong as a place. meeting of Chinese and Western cultures.

Song Jirong, head of the restoration workshop at the Palace Museum, noted in an interview with Sing Tao newspaper in March that to ensure Hong Kong residents can enjoy the finest cultural relics, experts in Antiquities from the Palace Museum are evaluating potential exhibits in batches. They will use high-tech equipment such as computed tomography and infrared spectroscopy to perform in-depth examinations.

Yeung Yun-hung, secretary for culture, sports and tourism in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said in a speech at the opening ceremony that he believed the museum would help the public understand culture. Chinese and develop a sense of identity.

He also said he believes the museum will become a hotspot in Hong Kong and help boost the development of the local tourism economy. He pointed out that the Hong Kong Palace Museum shows how Hong Kong, under the framework of “one country, two systems”, can use its unique cultural advantages to tell the story of China, which is a milestone in the future of Hong Kong as a center of cultural exchange between China and foreign countries.

Emily Zhan, a postgraduate student in Hong Kong, told the Global Times on Sunday that she was very lucky to get the ticket. “Many of our friends did not get tickets on the opening day, and many of our friends who grew up in Hong Kong are very excited and look forward to the exhibition. Hong Kong has made a great contribution to the return Chinese cultural relics, which is an honor for everyone who lives in Hong Kong. We are very proud to see so many treasures this time in Hong Kong, which is quite a distance from Beijing,” she said.

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