Qianlong Emperor

The emperor's garden

Once upon a time, there was an emperor who wanted to build a garden to relax with his family after retirement - away from his duties and the public eye. So he built a secret garden.

But its treasures are secret no more.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:11pm

Artistic impressions

There are a number of exhibitions at our public museums this summer that are well worth visiting.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Meagre meal wins imperial approval


This simple dish doesn't sound like a culinary revelation, nor does it have a poetic, storybook-worthy name, but the tale of its invention is no less illustrious for that.

Perhaps fittingly, the dish is said to have been invented by a humble man of little means.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A Lofty Retreat from the Red Dust: The Secret Garden of Emperor Qianlong

Paintings (including Portrait of Emperor Qianlong Hunting a Bear), calligraphy, furniture, architectural elements and religious art on loan from the Palace Museum that shed light on the cultural significance of the traditional Chinese royal garden, and the Qing dynasty emperor's philosophical thoughts and religious beliefs.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Collectors' dream portrait

An Imperial portrait of Consort Chunhui is the highlight of the Bonhams Hong Kong Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale on Sunday. Attributed to the Italian missionary-artist Giuseppe Castiglione, who served at the Qing court, the half-length portrait of Consort Chunhui in court dress is executed in oil on gaoli paper.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Painter cannot go a day without picking up brush

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22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Snuff bottles nothing to sniff at

A flawless collection of rare Chinese snuff bottles from the Mary and George Bloch collection will be the centre of attention at Bonhams' 2011 Spring Auctions next week.

Sales of Part I and Part II of the collection last year were a resounding success as every snuff bottle was sold for record-breaking sums in 11 categories.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Sotheby's to hold first top-of-the-line auction in October

Auction house Sotheby's will launch its top-of-the-line Evening Sales series in Hong Kong in October, saying it sees growing potential in the city's art trading.

Only the third such sale to be held by Sotherby's, it will feature modern and contemporary art from China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia.

1 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Polytechnic University's pride and gory

Polytechnic University will next week take possession of a 60-metre-long painting featuring gory scenes of hell. The painting, by Taiwanese artist Jiang Yi-zi, will accompany a 121-volume set of Buddist works in a gift from the Pure Land Learning College Association and the Hong Kong Buddhist Education Foundation.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

History revisited

IMAGINE YOU'RE A representative of Great Britain in the late 18th century, setting off to woo China's emperor. What would you take as gifts? Cheddar cheese, Marmite, preserves?

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ruling passions

ONCE TREASURED BY emperors and their retinues, they're now commanding kings' ransoms. Dealers and auctioneers are reporting a boom at the very highest end of the antiques market for the likes of Ming and Qing porcelain and imperial scholar's items and works of art.

18 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Auction prices break all records

World records tumbled on the second day of a Christie's auction of Chinese treasures at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

A rare blue and white basin of the early Ming dynasty's Yongle period (1403-1425) fetched nearly $30.4 million, well over double the former record of $13 million.

31 May 2005 - 12:00am

Tragic tale shines through in lavish production

Emperor Qianlong and Fragrant Concubine,

Hong Kong Dance Company

Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre

Ends today

Yang Mei, the company's assistant artistic director, deserves praise for choreographing an original work full of theatrical moments enhanced by lavish costumes, atmospheric lighting effects and an excellent score by Jia Guoping.

1 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Emperor Qianlong And Fragrant Concubine

Hong Kong Dance Company presents this tale of a lonely

25 May 2003 - 12:00am

The Emperor's New Garden: A Reconstruction Project in the Forbidden City

This lecture hosted by the Asia Society and given by the project manager of the China Heritage Fund, Happy Harun, will discuss some of the magnificent gardens that once bloomed behind the walls of Beijing's ancient Forbidden City. The Hong Kong-based China Heritage Fund has been working on the conservation of these gardens, which were a favourite of the Qianlong emperor.

23 Jul 2002 - 12:00am