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Thursday, November 10, 2016, 23:36

Expo on Silk Road rolls out

By Li Yinze

HONG KONG - Culture and art enthusiasts in the city can learn more about the ancient Silk Road at the Jao Tsung-I Academy, with a new program launched on Thursday. It will help the public enhance their knowledge about the evolution of human civilization and revitalization of traditional ways of live, through exhibitions, workshops, and lecture series on Chinese culture and Central Asian history.

Local students will be invited to visit areas along the ancient Silk Road to experience different facets of the important network of trade routes.

Culture and art enthusiasts in the city can learn more about the ancient Silk Road at the Jao Tsung-I Academy

Speaking at the launch ceremony on Thursday, Hong Kong's home affairs chief Lau Kong-wah said a better understanding of the history of the Silk Road will help the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative. It will also encourage local residents to value the Chinese cultural heritage.

The program’s consultant Lee Mei-yin told China Daily that through the collections from people’s daily life along the Silk Road, people can get a glimpse into the lifestyles of people in the distant past. This may generate interest for exhibition visitors to travel to those places.

The exhibition also showcases different fragrances – a major commodity exchanged along the Silk Road, allowing visitors to smell or feel the exotic flavors retained in history.

Hong Kong plays a key role in promoting Chinese culture. As Asia’s world city, Hong Kong has its advantages in cultural communication with other countries and regions.The mainland has given the city a lot of support. Chinese culture lovers in Hong Kong can have exposure to precious relics unearthed in the mainland which are presented nowhere else, she said.

“The education sector in the city should spare no efforts to heighten younger generation’s sense of pride in traditional Chinese culture, and teach them to treasure the shared values of Chinese people,” she added.  Lee believes education is the solution to many problems existing now among members of the public.

The exhibition will run for three months until Feb 1, 2017.

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