Airport exhibition features Hong Kong's cultural heritage
Visitors who leave Hong Kong from the Hong Kong International Airport will, from this month (February), be able to get a glimpse of the city's cultural heritage before they leave.
The spectacular display of colourful artefacts includes lanterns, embroidered canopy, placard leading the fire dragon, mooncake box, and the head of dragon boat.
The exhibition, entitled "Discovering Hong Kong's Cultural Traditions", presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Airport Authority Hong Kong, is on display near Gate 35 on the departure level in Terminal 1. Twenty-four colourful exhibits on display were carefully selected to enhance visitors' understanding of the traditional Chinese festivals and customs in Hong Kong, such as the Lunar New Year, Ta Chiu Festival (festival of peace and renewal), Tin Hau Festival, the fire dragon dance of Mid-Autumn Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Bun Festival and Cantonese opera.
The exhibition, which will run until the end of 2010, is expected to attract more than 500,000 visitors. Departing passengers may access the exhibition at Gate 35 via the automated walkway along the Central Concourse or by the Automated People Mover (APM).
The airport will hold a series of festive activities such as Lion Dance and greeting the passengers by God-of-Fortune and, Tiger Moscot around the Chinese New Year.
Being a world cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong embraces a unique identity blending Chinese and Western cultures. The Hong Kong International Airport, which is acclaimed as a world-class airport receiving more than 100,000 air passengers a day, provides an ideal venue for cultural exchanges and plays a vital role in the promotion of local culture.
LCSD first collaborated with Airport Authority in 2001 to stage a pilot exhibition entitled "A Glimpse of Hong Kong's Heritage" which featured 39 exhibits at the Departures Hall and Arrival Hall in the Passenger Terminal Building. The collaboration proved to be a resounding success. The subsequent thematic exhibitions, "Formal Dialogue - Sculptures by Hong Kong Masters", "Glamour of Earth - Contemporary Hong Kong Ceramics" and "Rhyme of White" were also well received. Focusing primarily on how the territory's local communities maintain the folk culture of traditional festivities in their own unique ways, the current exhibition showcases Hong Kong's colourful intangible cultural heritage.
Ends/Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Lantern, representing a newborn baby boy, is for hanging in the ancestral hall at the lighting ceremony. The lantern-lighting ceremony is held on the 15th day of the first lunar month by many clans in the New Territories to report the birth of sons to the deities and ancestors.
Embroidered canopy, a commonly seen artifact during the Ta Chiu Festival (a religious festival in Hong Kong), is featured at the "Discovering Hong Kong's Cultural Traditions" exhibition.
The "Paper clothing for Tin Hau Festival (Empress of God)" featured in the exhibition gives visitors an idea of the offerings that worshippers use to pay homage to Tin Hau.
Twenty-four colourful exhibits are now on display near Gate 35 on the departure level in Terminal 1 of the airport to enhance visitors' understanding of the traditional Chinese festivals and customs in Hong Kong.
The colourful exhibits attract the attention of this visitor. It is expected that the exhibition will attract more than 500,000 viewers.