LCSD to hold "A Walk Down Two Memory Lanes" exhibition at One International Finance Centre (with photos)

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will hold a roving exhibition entitled "A Walk Down Two Memory Lanes" from April 7 to 13 at One International Finance Centre. The exhibition will take visitors on a journey from places like those shown in the painting "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" to Hollywood Road, as well as revealing the fascinating stories behind them.

     Two bustling places will be shown in the exhibition: Kaifeng City, the capital of the Northern Song dynasty as depicted in "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" and Hollywood Road in early Hong Kong. A 16-metre-long exhibition panel illustrates the daily lives of people in the Northern Song dynasty and the landscape of Kaifeng City. Visitors can see the Rainbow Bridge and the city gate, the old inns and wells, the customs officers, burlaks, and courtesans, all showing the prosperity and orderliness of Kaifeng in its golden age.

     Another panel features places in and around Hollywood Road, from Tung Wah Hospital going eastwards and passing the Man Mo Temple and PMQ, leading visitors on a tour of the historic buildings and telling the stories behind them. Queen’s Road Central in the 19th century is also featured, with teahouses and shops selling a variety of goods including Western imports and dried seafood, demonstrating the mix of the East and the West in the area. In addition, the exhibition shows the bustling scene along the Sheung Wan harbour front, which was lined with godowns and storehouses. 

     There are surprising similarities between these two different eras. The golden time illustrated in "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" is always appealing. Yet the prosperity of Hong Kong is similarly attractive.

     Also at the exhibition, a video will be screened showing the history of porcelain kilns in Tai Po Wun Yiu since the Ming dynasty.

     The exhibition will be held in the Main Concourse, Podium Level 1, One International Finance Centre, with opening hours from 10am to 10pm. Members of the public are welcome and entry is free.

     The roving exhibition is part of the "In Touch with Palace Museum" campaign being held by the LCSD from the end of 2016 to July 2017. Through a series of exhibitions, programmes and educational activities related to the arts and culture of the Palace Museum, the campaign highlights the essence of traditional Chinese culture and its modern connotations. The activities will be held in various districts, allowing members of the public to discover that far from being anachronistic or outmoded, traditional culture still holds a wealth of wisdom for their daily lives.

Ends/Monday, April 3, 2017
Issued at HKT 10:00