Exhibition Brings Travellers Back to Old Hong Kong
(HONG KONG, 29 June 2010) – Over the past one hundred years, Hong Kong has rapidly developed from a small trading port into a dynamic modern metropolis. With the passing of time, many scenes from the old Hong Kong have become history – best remembered through stories and photographs.
Officially opened at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) today, the exhibition "Bits of Old Hong Kong" offers travellers and locals a trip down memory lane with a themed exhibition featuring a rich collection of around 90 historical photographs.
"Bits of Old Hong Kong" is organised by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) in collaboration with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, as well as with the support of the Hong Kong Museum of History. As the first part of the "Glimpses of Hong Kong" exhibition series, the collection displays photographs featuring clothing, trade, transportation, and bits and pieces of daily life - such as a Chinese newspaper from the early 20th century and a certificate of residence.
Highlights include images of the hustle and bustle along Queen's Road, sedan chairs, embroidered foot-binding boots, a 1926 telephone set, old English and Chinese dictionaries, a household registration certificate, records of daily income and expenditure and an elegant gramophone. In addition to the photos, the two exhibition venues also feature real models of a rickshaw and an old-style bicycle, respectively, which were the popular forms of transportation in the old days.
Officiating at the opening ceremony were C K Ng, Deputy Director, Airport Operations, AA; Dr Louis Ng, Assistant Director, Leisure and Cultural Services Department; and Esa Leung, Chief Curator, Hong Kong Museum of History.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Ng said, "HKIA is an international and regional aviation centre where people from all over the world converge every day. It is an excellent platform to enable both locals and overseas tourists to take a trip back in time. The exhibition takes visitors to old Hong Kong, recreating many unique and varied facets of life in those times, while further enriching passengers' travel experience through HKIA."
Esa Leung said, "It is our pleasure to join hands with the AA in this meaningful cultural programme for promoting Hong Kong's arts and history. This provides our museum with a valuable opportunity to reach beyond its walls and become a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong, allowing our fellow visitors and local passengers a deeper understanding of Hong Kong's unique culture."
For the next six months, the exhibition will be open all day, seven days a week, with free admission to the two exhibition areas. One exhibition is located in the non-restricted area of the Departure Level in Terminal 1 (T1), and the other is situated in the restricted area of the Departure Level near departure gate 36 in T1. Following "Bits of Old Hong Kong", the next exhibition from the "Glimpses of Hong Kong" series will feature memories from the 60s and 70s, and will be launched by early next year.
(from second left to right) Esa Leung, Chief Curator, HK Museum of History, C K Ng, Deputy Director, Airport Operations, AA and Dr Louis Ng, Assistant Director, Leisure and Cultural Services Department officiate in the opening ceremony for the exhibition.
Mr Ng says HKIA is an international and regional aviation centre where people from worldwide converge every day, and it is an excellent platform to enable bother locals and overseas tourists to take a trip back in time.
Ms Leung says the exhibition provides their museum with a valuable chance to reach beyond its walls and become a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong.
The overview of the "Bits of Old Hong Kong" exhibition in the two exhibition venues.
One of the photo highlights includes the Chinese English dictionary in 1930s.
The embroidered binding-boots which women wore in old days.
Visitors and locals can reminisce the Luen Shing Hotel located at Queen's Road West.
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