Eye on the World Map Exhibition makes interesting reading
How do the red ants spread worldwide? Where are the high-risk seismic zones? Ancient maps depicting the famous expeditions of General Cheng in the Ming Dynasty, interesting handdrawn traveller's map and various maps related to economic development, tourism, transportation, feng shui and architecture will be on display in an "Eye on the World" map exhibition.
The exhibition, showing more than 200 modern and ancient maps, will be held at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL) from tomorrow (March 10) to March 30. Admission is free.
Speaking at the opening ceremony today (March 9), the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Michael Mak, said that maps were important documentation reflecting culture, technology, geography and historical development of the world.
"Maps made at different places during different eras are ingenious artwork for appreciation," he said.
He also urged library users to visit the Map Library at the 5/F of the HKCL where atlas, tourist maps of various countries and reference books on cartography are being collected.
Jointly presented by the Hong Kong Public Libraries and the Marco Polo's Cartocell, the "Eye on the World" map exhibition is organised under 11 themes, starting with rare maps like "Carte Du Fond Des Ocean", Chinese ancient map "Six Classics Stone Carvings" and "Origination of Xizang". Other exhibition zones include:
Travel and Scenery – Travelling is more or less part of life of modern people and the map is always the most important instrument to use. An interesting handdrawn map, a colourful map for children and some exquisite maps designed by famous painters will be some of the highlights in this collection.
Famous Mountains and Rivers – Mount Everest, The Alps, Yellow River, River Thames are always unforgettable to travellers. Maps exhibited in this zone best illustrate the characteristics of these mountains and rivers.
World Nations – A collection of world maps, continental maps and nations maps help people understand more about the world even if they never travel.
Transportation and Navigation – The Siberian Railroad map, the Tokyo MTR map, the world air routes map are all interesting and useful to travellers.
Natural Disaster and Geography – The recent earthquake and tsunami occurring in South Asia set a global alarm to all nations. How could people respond to such natural disasters? Various geographical maps showing the distribution of earthquakes will help.
Chinese History and Western History – In the past, the Babylonians used pictorials to draw maps, the Chinese presented their history in diagrams. Now, people use maps to depict the phenomena on resources and pollution crisis.
Military Wars and Battles – Maps on the World Wars, the Anti-Japanese War and the Domestic Wars of China will be shown.
Cheng Ho's Journey to the West Ocean – To commemorate General Cheng's seven royal expeditions 600 years ago (1405-1433), old maps published in the late Ming Dynasty and some 19th Century engraving prints indicating the lifestyles of the native residents in places visited by Cheng will be shown.
Economic Development – World economy has been undergoing a tremendous change in the past 200 years. Maps showing the development of trade in APEC, real estate market in Beijing and the distributions of different consumer products demonstrate a clear direction of capital flow in the world.
Feng shui, Building and City – Maps showing the location and design of the Chinese and Western historical buildings such as Forbidden City in China and Westminster Abbey in Britain will provide insights for ancient and modern architecture.
Creativity and Design – Creativity has no boundary. Some designers convert the social concerns and big news into creative pictures and diagrams, such as "The Red world and the Red Ants, Worldwide Distribution" and "2004 Hong Kong LegCo Election Map" to attract readers' attention.
For enquiries about the exhibition, please call 2921 2649 or browse the website at http://www.hkpl.gov.hk
Ends/Wednesday, March 9, 2005