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The Exhibition of the 25th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

 

The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (Basic Law) was enacted by the National People's Congress (NPC) in accordance with the Constitution of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It enshrines in the form of law, the important concepts of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy.

The Basic Law was adopted and promulgated by the NPC on 4 April 1990. It came into effect on 1 July 1997, the day when the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was established. The Basic Law prescribes the systems practised in the HKSAR in order to ensure the implementation of the basic policies of the PRC regarding Hong Kong.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law. Featuring valuable exhibits and photographs, this exhibition introduces the historical background of the Basic Law and charts the path of its drafting, from its promulgation to its successful implementation in the HKSAR, with a view to enhancing the public's understanding of the contents and the provisions of the Basic Law. Exhibit highlights include the wax figures of Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher meeting for the negotiation of Hong Kong's future in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 1982; "The Draft Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (for Solicitation of Opinions)" issued in 1988; and posters to promote the Basic Law over the years. Interactive games and photo-taking area are also available in the exhibition, for the public to learn the Basic Law in a lively manner.

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The wax figures of Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher produced by the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in commemoration of the first anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the Motherland.

The commemorative medal of the Consultative Committee for the Basic Law.

A poster produced by the Consultative Committee for the Basic Law, 1988.

4/4 – 25/5/2015*

Free admission

Venue
1/F Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly presented by
Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee
Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Co-organised by
Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau
Hong Kong Museum of History

 

*Opening hours on 4 April: 5-7pm

Introduction

Every Object Tells a Story

The Hong Kong Museum of History has as its mission the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of cultural objects that are closely related to the history of Hong Kong and South China. Through acquisitions and donations, the museum has built up a comprehensive collection that now numbers over 110,000 historical objects that represents a treasure trove of invaluable information for research into local history.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Museum of History. To commemorate the occasion, we are staging this exhibition to introduce the stories behind the forty specially selected exhibits from our collection. Also explaining the established practices for sourcing and collecting historical objects, the exhibition aims to enhance the public's understanding of the work of a museum and to encourage them to make donations in support of our project to revamp The Hong Kong Story exhibition, which we will launch in the very near future.


 

 

Advertising label from Tak Wan Teahouse, Central, Hong Kong, 1960s.

Embroidered dragon-and-phoenix guaqun, 1950s.

Toolbox of a street-side hairdresser, 1970s.

Dyer's rocking stone for calendering fabrics, early 20th century.

A roll of cloth pressed using a dyer's rocking stone, 1960s.

Glass negative showing the damage caused to the Hongkong & Whampoa Dock after a typhoon in the early 20th century.

HK$5 banknote issued by The Oriental Bank Corporation on 7 March 1866.

15/4 – 6/5/2015

Free Admission

Venue
Special Exhibition Gallery,Hong Kong Museum of History

Presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History