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National treasures attract 87,000 visitors

The exhibition "From Eastern Han to High Tang: A Journey of Transculturation" which is now running at the Heritage Museum, has attracted tens of thousand visitors since its opening on March 14.

To date, the exhibition has drawn 87,625 visitors.

"We registered more than 12,500 visitors last Wednesday (March 30), marking the highest attendance record for a single day in the past three weeks," a spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) said today (April 7).

Visitors were fascinated with the artifacts on show which are wide in scope to vividly reflect the history and the transculturation of different regions in different periods of ancient China. Many were impressed by the exquisiteness of the ancient craftsmanship.

The education corner, which provides visitors with games to learn more about the relics and the ancient culture, proved popular with the visitors.

The exhibition features more than 300 cultural relics selected from 46 museums and cultural institutions in 14 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.

"Many of these national treasures are grade-one relics from the most significant archaeological discoveries in the past 50 years," the LCSD's spokesman said.

The exhibits include valuable wooden objects of the Han dynasty, pottery guardian figures and Buddhist sculptures of the Northern dynasties, porcelain ware of the Southern dynasties and objects imported from Western Asia and beyond, such as glassware, gold and silverware and gold coins. The exhibition will close on June 10.

To supplement the exhibition, a series of educational activities has been organised, including a seminar to be held on April 17, from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Speakers of the seminar include the Honorary Professor of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Ho Puay-peng; the Honorary Professor of Fine Arts and the Director of Art Museum of Institute of Chinese Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Peter Lam Yip-keung; Private collector Dr Simon Kwan and Dr Xu Xiaodong.

Topics for discussion range from the transculturation of east and west in ancient China through appreciation of cultural relics of Buddhist images, to ceramic works, gold ware and clothing. Admission is free for the seminar. For details, please contact the Education Team of the Heritage Museum at 2180 8260.

Located at 1 Man Lam Road in Sha Tin, the Heritage Museum opens from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays). Admission is $10, with a half-price concession for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and full-time students. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Car parking spaces are available in the Heritage Museum. Besides, a free shuttle bus operates between the Sha Tin KCR Station and the Heritage Museum from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and from 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays.

"Those who prefer to make use of public transport may take the KCR Ma On Shan line to the Che Kung Temple station which is within a five-minute walk to the Museum," the spokesman added.

For enquiries, call 2180 8188. For details of the exhibition, visit the Heritage Museum's website at .

Ends/Thursday, April 7, 2005

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