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Friday, December 07, 2018, 11:25
Antiques, painting from Palace Museum on display in HK
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Friday, December 07, 2018, 11:25 By chinadailyasia.com

A visitor appreciates timepieces displayed at a media preview of "Treasures of Time" exhibition at Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Dec 6, 2018. Mechanical clocks are introduced by European missionaries to China during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. They not only reported time accurately, but also comprised a host of other mechanical devices. When the mechanical clocks were wound up, decorative flowers, birds and animals would move back and forth while music played at the same time. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG -- Two exhibitions are currently being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum, offering a unique perspective on the technological achievements as well cultural significance of treasures of The Palace Museum.

“The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time”, running till April 4 next year, displays 120 magnificent clocks and watches from the collection of The Palace Museum. Some of the items were tributes from Britain, France and Switzerland, while others were manufactured by local craftsmen in Guangzhou. Several British clocks, repaired in recent years, are displayed outside The Palace Museum for the first time.

There are also sections illustrating the workshops of craftsmen during the 18th century in Europe, with displays of different kinds of tools and equipment collected by the Science Museum, London, part of the Science Museum Group.

An ancient Chinese timepiece is on display at a media preview of  "Treasures of Time" and "Landscape Map of the Silk Road" exhibition in in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Dec 6, 2018. The exhibitions, which are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of HKSAR and the Palace Museum, run from Dec 7, 2018 to April 10, 2019 and Dec 7, 2018 to Feb 20, 2019, respectively. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

A timepiece is on display at a media preview of  "Treasures of Time" exhibition at Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Dec 6, 2018. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)

An exquisite timepiece is on display at a media preview of  "Treasures of Time" exhibition at Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Dec 6, 2018. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)


The Landscape Map of the Silk Road

The other exhibition features “The Landscape Map of the Silk Road”, a 30-meter-long map that was believed to once belong to the Jiajing Emperor in the Ming dynasty. The map was held in other countries before it was acquired by collector Hui Wing Mau and donated it to The Palace Museum. Drawn on a silk handscroll in blue and green landscape painting style, the map named over 200 cities, ranging from Jiayu Pass of Gansu province, in the east, to Mecca of Saudi Arabia, in the west. This implies that the Chinese had grasped clear understanding of the Silk Road as early as the 16th century.

The exhibition will display the entire 30-metre-long map and bring to life the everyday activities of people who lived along the Silk Road through animations. Also on display are various China maps and Hong Kong maps drawn in the 16th to 20th centuries, showing both Chinese and Western perceptions of the geography of China.

The exhibition will run till Feburary 2 next year.

A visitor takes a photo of the imperial painting  "Landscape Map of the Silk Road" during a media preview of  "Treasures of Time" and "Landscape Map of the Silk Road" exhibition at Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Dec 6, 2018. The map, which is about 30 meters long and 0.6 meters wide, was drawn on a silk hand-scroll in blue and green landscape painting style. It named over 200 cities, ranging from Jiayu Pass, Gansu province, in the east, to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the west. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)


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