Hong Kong to erect mini ‘Palace Mu­seum’

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Hong Kong will open a minia­ture “Palace Mu­seum” in 2022 to ex­hibit price­less im­pe­rial col­lec­tions on loan from the renowned na­tional mu­seum in Bei­jing.

Chief Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment on the mu­seum with Shan Jix­i­ang, di­rec­tor of the Palace Mu­seum, in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

The new mu­seum, to be built in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cul­tural Dis­trict, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2022. A 30,000-square-me­ter plot has been set aside for the project.

Shan said the agree­ment to open the new mu­seum el­e­vates the co­op­er­a­tion between the SAR and the Palace Mu­seum to a new level.

The new mu­seum will pro­mote its Bei­jing coun­ter­part and tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture through ex­hi­bi­tions, dig­i­tal pre­sen­ta­tions, lec­tures and Palace Mu­seum-themed mer­chan­dise, he said.

Pre­vi­ous Palace Mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tions in Hong Kong have drawn large crowds, he said.

One such ex­hi­bi­tion, from Nov 30 to Feb 27, fo­cuses on cer­e­mony and cel­e­bra­tion in the grand wed­dings of Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911) em­per­ors.

Min­is­ter of Cul­ture Luo Shugang hailed the plans for the new mu­seum as a mile­stone in the main­land-Hong Kong re­la­tion­ship.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying, who was in Bei­jing to de­liver the SAR govern­ment’s an­nual work re­port, said the SAR fully sup­ports the pro­posed mu­seum and its goal of pro­mot­ing Chi­nese cul­ture, and pre­sent­ing Palace Mu­seum trea­sures to the world.

Fac­ing myr­iad so­cial chal­lenges aris­ing from Hong Kong’s acute land short­age, the SAR govern­ment de­cided to set aside a 30,000-square-me­ters plot for the new mu­seum shows its com­mit­ment and the project’s im­por­tance.

As part of the events and cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the 20 th an­niver­sary of Hong Kong’s re­uni­fi­ca­tion with the main­land, an un­prece­dented ex­hi­bi­tion will open in the SAR on June 28 next year, dis­play­ing more than 200 trea­sures from the Hall of Men­tal Cul­ti­va­tion in the Palace Mu­seum. The relics have never be­fore been ex­hib­ited out­side the Chi­nese cap­i­tal.

The Hall of Men­tal Cul­ti­va­tion was the res­i­dence of the last eight em­per­ors of the Qing Dy­nasty.

Car­rie Lam vis­ited Bei­jing’s Cap­i­tal Mu­seum on Fri­day, where the trea­sures from the Hall of Men­tal Cul­ti­va­tion are cur­rently ex­hib­ited. She said that she went there to learn about the ex­pe­ri­ence in prepa­ra­tion for the ex­hi­bi­tion of the ar­ti­facts in Hong Kong.

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