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Knowledge-Power:The Imperial Examination System of the Qing Dynasty

The imperial examination was a pioneering system developed in China that combined education with recruitment for the state bureaucracy. Upholding the principle of fairness through open participation, public examination, equal competition and selection on merit, it provided the masses with access to social mobility. Showcasing over 100 sets of artefacts selected from the collections of the Shanghai Jiading Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History, this exhibition takes us back to the Qing dynasty to revisit the imperial examination, its history and its significance. Also featured are a host of artefacts provided by local sources and a series of interactive displays that present the subject in a dynamic and playful manner. By tracing the development, the demise and the legacy of the system, the exhibition provides us with a better understanding of the instrumental role that the imperial examination played in shaping Chinese society and culture over a period of 1,300 years.

Knowledge-Power:The Imperial Examination System of the Qing Dynasty

9 November 2011 – 6 February 2012

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Interactive Game

Interactive Game of Searching for the Traces of theImperial Examination in Hong Kong Interactive Game of Decoding Chinese Auspicious Patterns
Searching for the Traces of the Imperial Examination in Hong Kong Decoding Chinese Auspicious Patterns