Starting from 25th of July until 26th of November 2012, the Hong Kong Museum of History hosts one-of-a-kind exhibition called “The Majesty of All Under Heaven – The Eternal Realm of China’s First Emperor”.
As the exhibition title already indicates, this special exhibition will focus on the spectacular era of the Qin dynasty. This epoch of Chinese history did not only witness the unification of China, but also was ruled under a central administration for the first time. The first Emperor did not only manage to complete the Great Wall, but also centralized bureaucracy, unified the political system, established standard laws as well as standardized weights, measures, currency and writing. All these changes, policies and measurements influenced and affected the following dynasties and made China to the China we know today.
The Hong Kong Museum of History managed to bring about 120 sets of cultural relics of the Qin dynasty to Hong Kong. The highlights among these 120 sets are several Terracotta Warriors and horses, lifelike acrobat figures as well as rarely seen Qin dynasty jade, bronze and gold ornaments (e.g. a bronze crane excavated from the mausoleum of the First Emperor, Jade Beaker, gold mask and jade ring ornaments). If you had planned to visit Xi’an for a long time but haven’t had chance, this is a great opportunity to fulfill your wish in Hong Kong Museum of History.
In addition to the already one-of-a-kind exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History introduces and supports this special exhibition with a series of multimedia programs, virtual tours and computer animations. Visitors can experience a 3D Painting of the Terracotta Warriors by Mr. Qi Xinhua (China’s first 3D painting artist) or have some fun at the Photo Booth (where you can take a photo as a Qin warrior).
Inside the multimedia zone are the following additional exhibitions:
“The Qin and their Horses” highlights with a dynamic visual program the vital role of the horses. Three terracotta warrior models are used to display the production and restoration process in the multimedia installation “True Colors of the Terracotta Warriors”. Augmented reality technology is used at the “Secrets of the Underground Kingdom” where visitors can experience a simulated Qin Army, waving charioteer and dancing cranes. Furthermore, visitors can witness the construction of the Terracotta Army pits as well as the excavation thousands of years later at the “Journey into the Mausoleum of the First Emperor. Last but not least, the knowledge about the Qin’s mausoleum can be enhanced and tested at the “Secrets of the Terracotta Army” and young and old have a chance to repaint a Terracotta Warrior on a computer at the “Terracotta Warrior Workshop”.
This mega exhibition on cultural relics of the Qin Dynasty is one of the special events to mark the 15th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR. We highly recommend visiting this unique exhibition not only during a rainy day.
Exhibition Period: July 25 – November 26, 2012
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 10:30pm (in viewing sessions – 1.5 hours per session)
Please note the museum is closed on Tuesdays and Public Holidays.
Ticket prices: HK$ 10
Tickets can be purchased at URBTIX outlets or directly at the Hong Kong Museum of History Box Office. Please note that the tickets are sold in three phases:
First Phase: from July 9th for dates July 25 – September 2, 2012
Second Phase: from August 20h for dates September 3 – October 14, 2012
Third Phase: from September 24th for dates October 15 – November 26, 2012
Address of the Hong Kong Museum of History:
Hong Kong Museum of History
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Since “The Majesty of All Under Heaven – The Eternal Realm of China’s First Emperor” exhibition is a special event in the 15th Anniversary celebration and is a once-of-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the great Terracotta Warriors first hand in Hong Kong it is highly recommend purchasing tickets prior your visit. We expect that tickets for this exhibition will sell out fast due to the high public demand and current bad weather conditions in Hong Kong. So act fast to secure your tickets!
(Note: The copyright of the pictures in this article belongs to Hong Kong Museum of History)