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May
Exhibition on A Tribute to Heritage: Discovering Hong Kong's Culture and Tradition--- 6000 years of history at a glance

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A Tribute to Heritage: Discovering Hong Kong's Culture and Tradition, an exhibition of Hong Kong's cultural heritage, valuable archaeological finds and historical documents dating back to the earliest Hong Kong history of 6000 years ago, opens tomorrow (May 18) at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL).

The exhibition was opened by Professor Jao Tsung-I, Wei Lun Honorary Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ms Choi Suk-kuen, Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Culture).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ms Choi said, "In an effort to preserve local heritage, the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL), the Hong Kong Museum of History (HKMH) and the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department have been working tirelessly to collect and conserve historical documents and cultural relics of Hong Kong. The exhibition on A Tribute to Heritage: Discovering Hong Kong's Culture and Tradition is therefore a demonstration of our commitment to the job."

The Exhibition opens daily from 10 am to 8 pm and runs until June 14. The area is divided into three thematic zones : Legacy from Our Ancestors, Local Folk Beliefs and Customs as well as the Hong Kong's Village Life.

Under Legacy from our Ancestors, visitors will see the archaeological remains of our earliest folks evacuated and preserved by the AMO. Covering the pre-historical period to the Qing Dynasty, these priceless cultural pieces include potteries, stones and bronze artefacts, bronze coins and white porcelain.

On display in the Local Folk Beliefs and Customs are some of the most exquisite artefacts including children's satin tiger hat, domestic porcelain, glove puppet and objects used for worshipping. The exhibits, selected from the ethnographic collections of the HKMH, give us a glimpse of the traditional village life from the aspects of religion, festivals, drama, costume and culinary practices.

In the final section are historical documents selected from the HKCL's special collection on Hong Kong's traditional village life, ranging from the sale contracts of land and houses, notices, school regulations and textbooks, to marriage certificates, Chinese Acupuncture, Taoist charms and talismans, and documents about Chinese Geomancy (Feng Shui).

To coincide with the exhibition, a seminar in Cantonese on A Tribute to Heritage: Discovering Hong Kong's Culture and Tradition will be held at the Lecture Theatre of the HKCL from 2.30 pm to 5 pm on May 31 (Saturday). The speakers include Dr Lee Kam-keung, Associate Professor at the Department of History of the Hong Kong Baptist University, Dr Tang Chung, Assistant Professor at the Division of Humanities of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Dr Liu Tik-sang, Director of the Centre for Chinese Archaeology and Art of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, whilst Dr Joseph Ting Sun-pao Chief Curator of the HKMH will host the seminar.

Admission to both exhibition and lecture is free. For enquiries, please call 2921 0323.

The Hong Kong Central Library is at 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. It opens daily from 10am to 9pm except on Wednesdays from 1pm to 9pm and Public Holidays from 10am to 7pm.

End/Saturday, May 17, 2003

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