A cultural link between China and the world
BEIJING, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — After five years of effort and construction, the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) was finally opened on June 22 and should open the July 2ndrepresenting a new cultural landmark in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Five years ago, the June 29, 2017Chinese President Xi Jinping was present at the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between the Mainland and the Hong Kong SAR on the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District Museum.
In a show of his care and interest in the city’s cultural and artistic development, Xi visited the district hours after arriving for a three-day inspection tour during the 20th anniversary celebrations of that of Hong Kong return to the homeland.
Xi said he hopes the Hong Kong SAR will carry on traditional culture and play a role in facilitating and promoting cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and the West, and between hong kong and the mainland.
A window on Chinese culture
The already thriving traditional Chinese culture of hong kongknown as the “Pearl of the Orient”, is further enhanced by the inauguration of HKPM.
With elements such as red doors adorned with golden door studs, the museum embodies the excellence of traditional Chinese culture and affirms its aspiration to become one of the world’s leading cultural institutions, committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture, while advancing the dialogue among civilizations through international partnerships.
More than 900 treasures from the collection of the Palace Museum in beijing will be put on rotating display for the inaugural exhibitions. Some of these pieces are presented in hong kong for the first time, while others have never been shown in public before, according to HKPM.
In addition to physical institutions such as museums, hong kong has also been a stage for various styles of traditional Chinese theater. Inscribed on the first national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2006 and on the representative list of UNESCO in 2009, Cantonese opera is among the most popular.
In August 2017in order to preserve its intangible cultural heritage, hong kong unveiled the first representative list of 20 items, ranging from performing arts such as Cantonese opera to festival events such as Tai Hang fire dragon dance and traditional craftsmanship of bamboo theater building technique.
A fusion of East and West
hong kong is a place where Chinese and Western cultures blend, tradition and modernity merge, and old and new merge to present a unique contrast.
President Xi pointed out in 2018 that thanks to its cultural diversity, hong kong will continue to play a special role in promoting East-West cultural exchanges, facilitating mutual learning between civilizations and creating links between peoples.
As an international business and financial center characterized by openness and diversity, hong kong is home to some 600,000 non-Chinese residents, many of whom have resided in the city for decades.
Arthur de Villepin is one of them. He runs a gallery on Hollywood Road in the Central district on Hong Kong Islandwith his father Dominique de Villepinwho served as France prime minister from 2005 to 2007.
In an interview with China Media Group (CMG), the duo said they dedicated Villepin Gallery’s inaugural exhibition to the late Chinese-French abstract painter Zao Wou Kihailing it as a good example of “reconciliation between East and West”.
The youngster from Villepin said he was confident that “both art and culture will develop dramatically” in the city, and that the way “China is going to reveal itself to the world through its people with art is going to be extraordinary.”
A city that tells China stories
During a meeting with a hong kong delegation, President Xi said the city, as a cosmopolitan metropolis, can take advantage of its vast ties with the world, spread the best of traditional Chinese culture and tell China stories.
TV presenter Janis Chan is one such storyteller. In the documentary “No Poverty Land”, she and her team spent three months visiting 10 regions of the Chinese mainland to present China anti-poverty efforts, which were not widely known around the world.
The work was praised by viewers in hong kongthe continent and beyond, winning Chan Best Female Host at the 2021 TVB Anniversary Awards at hong kongand the model of “Touching China 2021” in the mainland.
Following these honors, she confided to the media that it was she who had been touched. “Each person we interviewed represents the remarkable character of the Chinese people.”
In a recent interview with CMG, Chan said she will be documenting more stories on China inform domestic and foreign audiences about the development of the nation.