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Majority supports building miniature Palace Museum in HK

By Carrie Qiu

Majority supports building miniature Palace Museum in HK
Then Hong Kong SAR Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (left), and the Director of the Palace Museum, Shan Jixiang (right), take questions from the media at a p ress c onference on d evelopment of the Hong Kong Palace Museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District in Beijing on D ec 23, 2016. (GIS photo)

HONG KONG - A survey revealed on Wednesday that over 60 percent of the respondents supported the establishment of the miniature Palace Museum in Hong Kong , saying it would boost the city’s tourism industry, as well as deepening knowledge of Chinese history.

The survey, conducted by the city’s largest political party - the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) - telephone-interviewed 1,087 Hong Kong residents aged 18 or above in February this year.

Results showed that 61.2 percent of the interviewees approved the idea of building a Hong Kong Palace Museum while 61.1 percent said they would be interested in paying a visit once the museum opens.

61.1 percent (of the respondents) said they would be interested in paying a visit once the museum opens

The top three benefits of building a miniature Palace Museum listed by the respondents include enhancing Hong Kong people’s knowledge of Chinese history, attracting more tourists and elevating Hong Kong’s culture and art taste.

DAB Vice-Chairman Holden Chow Ho-ding said it was a rare and precious opportunity to have national treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum showcased permanently in Hong Kong.

He stressed that the museum would play a positive role in Hong Kong’s culture and economy, as more international tourists would be attracted by it.

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One exhibition, which focuses on ceremony and celebration in the grand weddings of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) emperors, drew large crowds when held at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from Nov 30, 2016 to Feb 27.

The miniature Palace Museum, which will be built in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, is expected to be completed in 2022. When completed, the museum will exhibit imperial collections on loan from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

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