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Hong Kong Heritage Museum - Chinese Art

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 Ox and Cart - Han Dynasty, Scholar - Tan Dynasty, Pear Shape Vases - Yuan Dynasty It is like a treasure when browsing the old-time Chinese art in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.  Apart from how Hong Kong evolves from a fishing village and agricultural society to the modern time, it also houses a lot of beautiful and precious art pieces.  I am not going to talk a lot but show the art by period .  Take your time! Mounted Musicans Northern Wei Dynasty   Sui Dynasty  Entertainer - Tang Dynasty   Tang Dynasty   Song Dynasty Covered Meiping Vases - Yuan Dynasty   Covered Jar and Enamelled Flask-Qing Dynasty bowl 10-13th Century Yellow Bowl - 19 century   White Glass with blue floral 19th -20th Century White Glass with green floral 19th -20th Century. If you are interested in the entertainment history in Hong Kong, click here for a quick reading. 

Hong Kong Heritage Museum - Entertainment art

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15 June 2012 Cantonese Opera was a popular art and entertainment to the general public.  It is a drama and art originated during the Ming Dynasty.  The characteristic is Big Gong and Big Drum style.  Make up is heavy and costume very exquisite, representing the status and character of each role.  Unlike European opera, Cantonese opera focuses more on the lyrics than the music.  Traditional Chinese instruments such as the Erwu, Flute, and percussion, make up the Cantonese Opera orchestra. The percussion is responsible for the overall rhythm and pace of the music, while the Erwu leads the orchestra. Now, Cantonese opera has incorporated many western instruments such as saxophone and even violin which are often used in place of the Erwu.  Some of the older generation nowadays still attend the opera shows though performance becomes rare.  Venues are facing threats of being demolished for redevelopment aiming for better and even higher rental price.  It's sad that traditions and

Hong Kong Heritage Museum - The Hakkas and Fishing Origin

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15 June 2012 HK Heritage Museum - Hakka Women It has been more than 10 years that I haven't been to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum .  Today, a Picasso exhibition brought me back.  Hmm, a Spanish artist associating with the Chinese heritage.  It's a special event of the French May .  It drew a lot of people to the museum, though a bit remote.  People, family speaking different languages crowded at the venue.  Picasso 's paintings shown were across his different periods.  Many photos of him and friends were also shown. Hong Kong Heritage Museum is unique in providing the history of Hong Kong, featuring Hakka (Guest family) migration, as a fishing village, the traditional Cantonese opera as the integral parts of Hong Kong's heritage, history and culture. During the reign of Yongzheng and Qianlong of Qing Dynasty (18th century), people were encouraged to utilise wasteland for farming.  A big demographic shift of residents in the south moved to Hong Kong. Th