HK Palace Museum opens to cheers


Visitors browse porcelain and other national treasures at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, which opened to the public on Sunday. (ANDY CHONG/CHINA DAILY)

The Palace Museum of Hong Kong, which opened to the public on Sunday, has ignited the city’s passion and pride in the country’s rich civilization and 5,000-year history, as many visitors described the exhibition of unforgettable and “deserves a second visit”.

To mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the new cultural monument features more than 900 treasures on loan from the Palace Museum in Beijing, ranging from paintings and bronzes to embroidery. Some of them have never been shown to the public before.

The opening of the museum, originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponed due to a severe tropical cyclone.

After a day of waiting, visitor expectations peaked on Sunday. At around 8 a.m., an hour before opening, the museum excitedly lined up Hong Kong residents. Four residents dressed in traditional Chinese clothing in honor of the special occasion.

Local resident Timothy Chan, a 29-year-old museum lover, said it was an unforgettable memory for him to have been among the first group of visitors, noting that he used to take flights to Beijing to visit the Palace Museum and appreciate its cultural heritage. relics.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now difficult for Chan to visit Beijing, and the opening of the Hong Kong Museum has given him another option.

Chan said the new cultural landmark not only provides a cultural feast for museum-goers like him, but will also help spur residents’ desire to learn more about Chinese culture.

Zhu Shihao, a 26-year-old student working on a master’s degree in Chinese literature, who came from the mainland, said he was very happy to see the rarely seen cultural relics up close, calling the tour a special adventure that is worth a second visit.

Zhu, who loves art, said he prefers modern art to traditional art. However, he was still fascinated by the exhibition, as the exhibited treasures include not only Chinese artworks but also Western artworks, which gives him a different perspective.

Along with antiquities from the Palace Museum in Beijing, the opening exhibits also featured 13 works of art on loan from the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Daisy Wang Yiyou, deputy director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, said the new museum will not be limited to Chinese art, but also offer a Hong Kong perspective and a global view, showcasing the museum’s finest artifacts. of the palace and other important cultural institutions. around the world.

“Our starting point is Chinese art, but our focus is broader than that,” Wang said, revealing that after the three-month opening exhibition, there will be another major fine art exhibition. European arts.

Grateful for the help of all the partner museums, Ms. Wang said she believes the Hong Kong Palace Museum, which has adopted new curatorial approaches, has an important role to play with other museums in Hong Kong. Kong to strengthen the city’s position as a world leader in the arts. .

Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, who took office as Hong Kong’s culture, sports and tourism secretary on July 1, hopes that by providing an immersive environment in traditional Chinese culture, the museum can strengthen the national identity and well-being of Hong Kongers. long-term.

On Sunday, he hailed the museum as a successful example of using the advantages of “one country, two systems” to tell Chinese stories to the world. He said it will surely be a milestone in the city’s journey to becoming a global cultural and arts hub.

The museum said it sold around 115,000 tickets on Saturday, representing about 85% of the total number of tickets for sale in July.


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