Chief Executive Carrie Lam opened the “Longevity Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors Empress Dowagers” exhibition today at the Museum of History.
The exhibition showcases more than 200 precious artefacts, paintings, calligraphies and musical instruments selected from the collection of Beijing’s Palace Museum.
The displays illustrate rituals of grand birthday celebrations of the Qing court, and the rich culture of ancient Chinese birthday festivities.
Highlight exhibits include a 28-metre painting scroll which depicts the grand celebration held by Emperor Qianlong for his mother Empress Dowager Chongqing’s 60th birthday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mrs Lam said the Government will continue to enhance public understanding and recognition of Chinese culture.
Other officiating guests included Minister of Culture Luo Shugang and Director of the Palace Museum, Dr Shan Jixiang.
The exhibition is part of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
Jointly presented by the Leisure Cultural Services Department and the Palace Museum, it will run until October 9.
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