Ming Dynasty

Objects stand test of time

The 'Voyages of Discovery' collection includes 12 exquisite Chinese Imperial masterworks spanning the northern Song dynasty (960-1127) through the Ming dynasty to the Guangxu period of the Qing dynasty (up to 1908).

Monday, 21 May, 2012, 12:00am

Palace Museum thefts not planned, hearing told

The man accused of stealing nine valuable artefacts from the Beijing Palace Museum in May denied in court yesterday that it was premeditated theft.

Shi Baikui from Shandong told Beijing No2 Intermediate People's Court he had sought shelter in the museum because it was raining and then committed the crime, the Procuratorial Daily's website reported.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Palace Museum chief sorry for string of scandals

The director of the beleaguered Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City has finally apologised for multiple incidents of mismanagement, some involving damage to priceless antiques.

Zheng Xinmiao admitted the problems posed an unprecedented crisis of credibility for the museum, which enjoys the highest honour as a guardian of China's ancient culture.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Nation's heritage on the line

Nothing is more precious to a nation than its culture, language and traditions. That is especially so for China, which, as one of the cradles of civilisation, has much to cherish and protect. It is understandable, then, that a series of scandals at the Palace Museum have caused a storm of public anger.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Forbidden City in new scandal over ticket scam

The credibility of the Forbidden City is being further battered amid accusations that it paid hush money to cover up the embezzlement of ticket revenue in 2009, though administrators at the historic Beijing site deny the claim.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Symbol of national heritage dealt blow

What's more important to a nation than its culture? That question is being asked on the mainland after a short, slightly built man on a tour of the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City evaded security and stole nine precious items from a collection on loan from Hong Kong's private Liangyi Museum.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

HK artefacts stolen from Forbidden City

An unspecified number of artefacts owned by a private Hong Kong collection were stolen during an exhibition in the Forbidden City.

In its official microblog, the Palace Museum of the Forbidden City confirmed that the missing artefacts were part of the collection of Hong Kong's Liangyi Museum, a private collection, which was co-organising the exhibition.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

The Grandeur of Chinese Art Treasures

Exhibition of ceramics, jade carvings, paintings and other works - including a bowl from the Hongwu period (1368-1398) of the Ming dynasty, above - from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. Today, 10am-8pm, tomorrow, 10am-6pm, HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$10, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2721 0116. Ends tomorrow

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci Zuni Icosahedron St Ignatius Chapel, Wah Yan College (Kowloon) Reviewed: Nov 5

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Mathias Woo Yan-wai directs and Tian Haojiang (left) stars in Zuni Icosahedron's digital opera version of Jonathan Spence's tale of the Jesuit missionary who went to Ming dynasty China and his creation of a memory palace transcending time, space and culture. In English with Chinese and English surtitles, Nov 5-6, 8-9, 8pm, St Ignatius Chapel, 56 Waterloo Rd, Kowloon, HK$280-HK$680 Urbtix.

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Redevelopment means Wan Chai's dragons need new home

Government arts and heritage officials have been asked to help find a new home for a 16-metre-long, glazed-tile wall in Wan Chai - modelled on the Nine Dragons Wall near to Beijing's Forbidden City - which is being relocated because of redevelopment.

16 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

The Forbidden City

An emperor's home

Unesco lists the Forbidden City in Beijing as the biggest collection of ancient wooden buildings in the world. Today, it is one of the mainland's most popular tourist attractions.

But for centuries, nobody could enter or leave this huge palace without the permission of the emperor.

14 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


The Chinese invented it

Gunpowder was the first chemical explosive ever invented. The Chinese created it in the 9th century, historians think. They were not even looking for an explosive. 'Scientists' were trying to come up with something that would make people live forever. Instead they invented something that would kill millions of people.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

The Prosperous Cities: Paintings from the Liaoning Provincial Museum

Ming and Qing Dynasty paintings, previously part the Qing imperial collections (including Scroll Drying, above), which depict life in prosperous cities. Mon-Wed, Fri, Sun, 10am-6pm, Sat, 10am-8pm, Sat, closed Thu, HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$10, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2721 0116. Ends Nov 22

21 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Treasure trove up for grabs in HK

More than 2,400 lots with an estimated value of HK$950 million will be offered at Sotheby's autumn sales starting tomorrow at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Collections will be publicly displayed until next Wednesday, with auctions running until Thursday.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am