Discovering Hong Kong's Cultural Traditions
21 January - 31 December 2010
Near Gate 35, Departures Level, Terminal 1 (restricted area)
Jointly presented by Airport Authority Hong Kong and Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organized by Hong Kong Museum of History and South China Research Center, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
As an international crossroads with densely populated metropolitan areas, Hong Kong is also home to over 700 villages in the surrounding countryside. An eclectic melting pot of influences from around the world, Hong Kong still retains its deep-rooted Chinese character. Traditional festivities such as the Lunar New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Tin Hau Festival and the Ta Chiu Festival remain occasions for important social events even today. Against this backdrop of Chinese great traditions, the Hong Kong community enjoys a wide-ranging and unique cultural heritage. The social and religious activities held during these festivals not only bring the community together, they also underscore the multicultural aspect of Hong Kong's modern life. Focusing primarily on how the territory's local communities maintain the folk culture of traditional festivities in their own unique ways, this exhibition showcased Hong Kong's rich intangible cultural heritage.
Featuring over 20 sets of exhibits, including paper clothing for Tin Hau, carved head of a dragon boat, and Xiao Kao (light armour) of Cantonese Opera, the exhibition enabled the local passengers and overseas visitors have a deeper understanding to Hong Kong's traditional arts and culture.
Displays at Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong is richly imbued with a unique history and culture, and it is also a modern metropolis with a state-of-the-art airport. Over 100,000 passengers flow through Hong Kong International Airport every day, making it an ideal platform for introducing the territory's history, art and cultural heritage to local and overseas visitors. With this in mind, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has arranged a series of exhibitions at the airport, the latest two in which have been organised by the Museum of History to present the cultural traditions and history of Hong Kong.
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