Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei Exhibit Event Roundup

Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei Exhibit Event Roundup

Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei

From those of you who did not get a chance to come with Hong Kong Sacred Spaces on our visit to Chinese University of Hong Kong‘s (CUHK) Art Museum to see the Phoenix Reborn Exhibit I’ve assembled a roundup post that includes some of the public materials published by the Museum as well as photos from Sacred Spaces members through the visit.  The exhibit itself was jointly presented with the Hubei Provincial Museum in Hubei, China and includes dozens of exquisite pieces of jade found at various archeological sites there dated to the Western Zhou Period (1046 to 771 BC/E).  You can also check out the Sacred Spaces Digital Libary with more specific information.  Click here for details.

If are in Hong Kong before the exhibition closes on February 25, 2018, I wholeheartedly recommend traveling to the CUHK campus, visiting the museum and viewing these beautiful pieces up close.

Heidi our superb guide

Sacred Spaces photos courtesy Jean Sicard 

Itinerary for Palace Museum Exibit – Pieces from the Hall of Mental Cultivation

Itinerary for Palace Museum Exibit – Pieces from the Hall of Mental Cultivation

Cloisonné hotpot with floral pattern

Itinerary for today’s event:

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM –  Gather at Che Kung MTR Station, Exit A in Shatin and take attendance.

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Walk to Hong Kong Heritage Museum, check in, and queue for English Language Public Tour.  Cost without concession $20 paid directly to HKHM.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – English Language Public Tour

Gather afterward for coffee and snack to discuss (always optional).

Link for today’s events:

Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s page.

Wiki on ‘Hall of Mental Cultivation‘ in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Palace Museum, Beijing

National Palace Museum, Taipei



Visit Splendours of Dunhuang: Jao Tsung-i’s Selected Works…

Visit Splendours of Dunhuang: Jao Tsung-i’s Selected Works…

If you had a chance to check out Prof. Jao Tsung-i’s 饒宗頤 work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Galleries then you know that he is a local hero and Master of Chinese Calligraphy.  He’s be featured in many books and exhibits as an expert in Chinese Scripts like cursive and clerical as well as painting and scholarship.  The Hong Kong Heritage Museum has developed an exhibit featuring the more meditative and spiritual work that he completed when inspired by the Dunhuang or Mogao 莫高窟 caves in Northwest China.  These works illustrate not only his expertise in executing Chinese Calligraphy and Illustrations but also his creative and spiritual understanding of  Chinese culture as the Dunhuang Caves are among some of the most inspired Buddhist sites in the world.  Take a few hours out to check out this intriguing exhibit.

from the Heritage Museum Website…

“Professor Jao Tsung-i is a renowned scholar in Hong Kong. He is well recognized for his versatile scholarship, including Oracle Bones, Bamboo and Silk Scripts, Confucian Classics, Religions, Regional History, Dunhuang Studies, Bibliographic Research, and Chinese Art and Classical Literature. Professor Jao is a prolific author, who is deeply respected in the academic world and is one of the world’s most important contemporary Chinese scholars.

Professor Jao has conducted profound research into Dunhuang manuscripts and art, revealing his life-long scholastic pursuit of “amalgamation of scholarship and art”. In addition to his brilliant achievements in Dunhuang studies, he promotes Dunhuang culture through his artworks. Professor Jao has contributed greatly to the advocacy of scholarly research and cultural conservation.

The exhibition, jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The University of Hong Kong, is one of the signature events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It features Professor Jao’s publications, paintings and calligraphy related to Dunhuang art and culture. Highlight exhibits include “Five-character Couplet in Dunhuang Sutra Scroll Style”, “Flying Apsaras” painting and “Holding the Lotus” painting. The exhibits provide visitors with a glimpse into the great contribution of Professor Jao Tsung-i to Dunhuang studies, as well as the fascination of Dunhuang culture.”

Photo and official exhibit text from Heritage Museum website.

Visit 10,000 Buddha Monastery 萬佛寺

Visit 10,000 Buddha Monastery 萬佛寺

For the second Hong Kong Sacred Spaces event I propose we travel to Shatin to explore the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (萬佛寺) located in Pai Tau Village (排頭村). Founded by the venerable Yuet Kai (月溪法師), a devout Buddhist layman, it reportedly has 12,800 Buddha statues as well as other buildings of interest on-site. What is especially interesting to me is that this location is always well written about despite other more famous monasteries like Po Lin (寶蓮禪寺) on Lantau Island (大嶼山) (a site for a later event). This promises to be a unique place to visit especially given its location and the devotional nature of its founding. Oh…and don’t forget, photographing all those Buddhas will be Epic!
We can have lunch afterward either on-site at the vegetarian cantina/restaurant, for the full experience, or we can go to the New Town Shopping Centre connected to Shatin Station.

The event occurred April 11, 2015, and August 22, 2015, at 10:00 AM.  More coming!