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Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage - "Paper-crafting Technique on Southern Dragon" Exhibition

Date: 15 January - 5 August 2016
Venue: Aisle K, Departures Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport (non-restricted area)

Presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by Intangible Cultural Heritage Office
Supported by Hong Kong International Airport

A "dragon" is an auspicious mythical animal in traditional Chinese culture. People consider dragon dance a way to pray for favourable weather and to dispel disasters. To date, dragon dances are still commonly seen during traditional festivals to pray for luck and blessings.

To create a paper-craft dragon, separate parts, including the dragon's eyes, the mouth, the tongue, the gills, the horns, the body, the spine and the tail, have to be made. The production process is more technically complex than making paper-craft lion and unicorn. A vivid dragon's head must consist of a solid paper-craft skeleton, and be finished with detailed and meticulous craftwork. Upon its completion, it has to look awe-inspiring, courageous and solemn. The patterns on the dragon must be vibrantly colourful. 

To celebrate the Chinese New Year of 2016, the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office is showcasing a southern dragon created by local masters using the traditional skill of paper-crafting in the Hong Kong International Airport. The southern dragon does not only represent festive greetings, but also allows viewers to come into close contact with the traditional craft, such that Hong Kong's intangible cultural heritage can be learned and appreciated by the public.

The southern dragon created by local masters
The head of the southern dragon Dragon dance performed in the Jiao Festival of Yuen Kong Village of Pat Heung, 2010 A dragon danced for celebrating the birthday of Tin Hau (Goddness of Heaven), 1967 (Courtesy of Hong Kong Public Records Office, Government Records Service)
A dragon danced throughout the streets in the celebration of the rebuilding of Shuk

1. Dragon dance performed in the Jiao Festival of Yuen Kong Village of Pat Heung, 2010
2. A dragon danced for celebrating the birthday of Tin Hau (Goddness of Heaven), 1967
    (Courtesy of Hong Kong Public Records Office, Government Records Service)

3. A dragon danced throughout the streets in the celebration of the rebuilding of Shuk Wu Hui, 1963

    (Courtesy of Hong Kong Public Records Office, Government Records Service)

 

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