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Consultations to open on HK Palace Museum

By Chinadailyasia.com

Consultations to open on HK Palace Museum
Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam attends at a special LegCo House Committee meeting on Jan 6, 2016, saying a six-week public consultation will be launched on the proposed Hong Kong Palace Museum. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG -- Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor , on Friday, announced that a six-week public consultation on the city’s miniature of Palace Museum, to be built in the West Kowloon Culture District, will start on Monday.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum sets to be capable of housing some of the top treasures and cultural relics from the Beijing’s Palace Museum

Speaking at the Legislative Council’s House Committee, Lam said it has been the government’s plan to consult the public on the proposed new museum’s design and operation.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum sets to be capable of housing some of the nation’s top treasures and cultural relics from the Beijing’s Palace Museum over the long term. Some of these artifacts are never showcased outside Beijing. The SAR government signed a HK$3.5 billion deal to build the museum and showcase the exhibits here, with the nation’s top museum on Dec 23.

Lam, who also chairs the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, said members of the public may voice their opinions on the proposed Hong Kong Palace Museum through open consultation and focus groups.

Hong Kong Tourism Association, comprised of more than 100 travel agents and hotels with more than 20,000 employees, believed that the new museum, with its profound cultural influence to the city, will increase Hong Kong’s competitiveness and appeal as a tourist destination city.

Earlier, another group, made up of the city’s arts and culture heavyweights, also voiced support for the museum, adding Hong Kong will be blessed with the addition.

The museum, encompassing up to 10,000-square-meters, is expected to be completed in 2022.

Consultations to open on HK Palace Museum
This picture taken on May 5, 2013 shows Guo Fuxiang (R), a researcher of the Palace Museum, displaying a damaged ancient clock during a press conference at the Forbidden City in Beijing. The proposed Hong Kong Palace Museum will inlude spaces for exhibition of the nation’s top treasures and cultural relics from the Beijing’s Palace Museum over the long term. (Photo / AFP)
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