Painted Panel Depicting Emperor Qianlong Celebrating the Eightieth Birthday of Empress Dowager Chongqing, Qianlong reign (1736-1795)
If you haven’t been yet, that exhibition, “Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers” is a must see !!!!!
The exhibition allows to understand the importance of longevity in Imperial China, along with the respect surrounding elderly people, especially the very rare figures aged over 80 years old, Maodie in Chinese.
With about 210 0bjects, the exhibition showcases lacquers, ceramics, precious zitan wood furniture, textiles, official seals, scrolls and inks, among which, loans from the Palace Museum.
From official presents to new tableware commemorating the jubilee, from poems sending blessings to opera performances showing eternel peace, the Imperial birthdays, were divided into 3 phases; Congratulation Procession – Banquet – Opera and were one of the key moments of the Chinese calendar, after New Year and Winter Solstice.
Large Blue and White Vase with Ten Thousand Longevity Characters, Kangxi reign (1662-1772)
The tour focuses on 3 major events:
- Celebration of Emperor Kangxi’s 60th birthday: marking the beginning of a tradition of public ceremonies.
- Cebration of Empress Dowager Chongqing’s 80th Birthday, Emperor’s Qianlong’s mother : A reign which was able to see 5 generations living under the same roof, a true miracle at that time.
- Celebration of Empress Dowager Cixi’s 60th Birthday: the last grand celebration of the Qing dynasty.
A tour assisted by a precious audioguide.
Venue: Hong Kong Museum of History
Fee: 30 hkd + 10 for audioguide
closed on Tuesdays