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Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours and Textile Conservation Workshop

On the last day of the symposium, Sunday 26th November, optional tours will be hosted for the symposium participants to see various heritage sites, textile collection or textile making studios in Hong Kong. In addition, a textile conservation workshop will be offered at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. All these activities are complimentary with your symposium registration. Please see below for information about each tour/workshop.

Transport will be organised to and from the Hong Kong Museum of History or the nearest MTR stations for designated tours. Each tour/workshop will run for about 3 hours until approximately 12.30pm. Successful applicants will be informed of the gathering time and place for each tour/ workshop by individual email.

Places for each of these social activities are limited. We will endeavour to allocate first preferences on a first come, first served basis. If you need to cancel your registration, please inform the Organising Committee as soon as possible so that your place can be filled by another participant.

Textile Conservation Workshop
 ‘Scientific Analysis of Textiles' (Fully Booked)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for emerging conservation professionals who take care of textile collections a deeper insight into the concepts, techniques and scientific equipment for analysis of textile artefacts. The workshop is free of charge, with the number of participants limited to 20 delegates who have joined the Hong Kong symposium.


Sunday 26th November, 2017


9:30 - 12:30 


Conservation science laboratory at Hong Kong Heritage Mseum 

Gathering point


Part 1

Overview of identification of fibres/dyes (HPLC-MS) and metal threads (SEM-EDX) 


Part 2

Measuring colour and colour change (colour spectrophotometer), pH and degradation (FTIR)


Jo Atkinson (Secretary-General, IIC), and    Dr Austin Nevin (Researcher, Institute of Nanotechnologies and Photonics - Italian National Research Council, Italy)


Applicants should be professionals currently working in textile conservation or scientific studies of textile collections


Cultural Tours
Tour A  Chris Hall's Textile Collection Tour (Fully Booked)
A special visit to Mr Chris Hall, a well-known textile collector in Hong Kong who has traveled the world in the pursuit of antique Chinese textiles for over twenty years. With discerning eyes and deep passion, he has assembled over a thousand pieces of rare and exquisite textiles, some dating as early as 500 B.C. and ranging from impressive imperial robes to exquisitely embroidered badges and weavings. The Chris Hall Collection is world-renowned and has been exhibited at major museums worldwide.

Chris's apartment is filled with Asian and European antiques and art objects that reflect his love and appreciation of colours and antiquities from different cultures. During the visit, Chris will show us some of his most treasured pieces from the collection and share his journey of becoming a collector with the participants.

Gathering point for Tour A

Textile artefacts collected by Chris Hall

Tour B  Jody Kan's Cheongsam Making Studio (Fully Booked)
 ‘Cheongsam' is a loaned word derived from the Chinese term literally meaning ‘long dress'. Together with ‘Qipao', they refer exclusively to the conventional Chinese female dress form that first came into vogue in Shanghai in the 1920s and was later introduced to the daily wardrobe in Hong Kong. Renowned for its elegant body-hugging silhouette, fine tailoring and national identity, this dress form was embraced by all local urban Chinese women in its golden age. Although cheongsam ceased to be a mainstream outfit in Hong Kong after the 1970s, it was still worn by the local elite and on special occasions. The renewed interest in Cheongsam over the last two decades has given this dress form a greater freedom of design and expression. In this tour, participants will visit Jody Kan's studio in the Sheung Wan district, where she runs classes to preserve the craft of cheongsam making and gives workshops to educate young generations about this unique cultural heritage.

Gathering point for Tour B

Jody in her Cheongsam Making Studio in Sheung Wan

Tour C  Tai Ping Shan Historical District Heritage Walk
Tai Ping Shan District was, in the 1840s, the earliest Chinese residential districts on Hong Kong Island. Full of rich details and interesting facts about Hong Kong's past, the Tai Ping Shan Heritage Trail traces the development of many unique heritage as well as buildings following the outbreak of bubonic plague in the late 19th century which took place in Tai Ping Shan and the neighbouring Sai Ying Pun. The neighbourhood is now experiencing a renaissance after undergoing the adaptive reuse and revitalization of the local built heritage. Guided by Dr Hoyin Lee from the University of Hong Kong, participants will meander through some oldest streets in Hong Kong, passing the Ladder Street, Bridges Street Market, Hollywood Road, Man Mo Temple, Tai Ping Shan Street and finally the Former Bacteriological Institute.

Gathering point for Tour C

Buildings along the heritage trail

Tour D  Tin Hau Temple and ICH around Yaumatei District (Fully Booked)
Tin Hau temple is dedicated to Goddess of the Sea, revered by fishermen and people whose life is tied to the sea. Temples that honour Tin Hau are found in abundance in Chinese coastal communities throughout Asia. Its location in the public square out front in urban Yau Ma Tei's communal heart might seem odd. But long ago, before massive land reclamation in the area, the temple was actually positioned on the waterfront. While the water may have receded today, people continue to worship Tin Hau in this incense-filled sanctuary.

Around the neighbourhood are some fascinating streets with markets for leisure and pleasure reflecting the authentic local Chinese lifestyles – from gemstones in the Jade Market to fortune tellers in the Temple Street, and you may run into some preserved old buildings and Chinese shop-houses selling Chinese kitchen accessories or traditional wedding gowns in Shanghai Street. This unique section of Hong Kong is a colourful and memorable experience at any time of the day or night.

Gathering point for Tour D

Tin Hau Temple in Yaumatei

Tour E  Behind-the-scenes at Hong Kong Heritage Museum (Fully Booked)
Join the textile conservation team for a behind-the-scenes tour of their conservation studios and facilities at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, followed by a guided walk around the museum to highlight ongoing projects in the studios and their preparation work for some major textile exhibits. The visit will last for approximately 1.5 hours. Participants will then be free for the remainder of the day to explore the rest of the museum for their current exhibitions.
Gathering point for Tour E