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"The Rise of the Celestial Empire: Consolidation and Cultural Exchange during the Han Dynasty" Exhibition


A highlight programme of "Transcend – Muse Fest HK 2015

2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of the discovery of Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb, the Hong Kong Museum of History organizes "The Rise of the Celestial Empire: Consolidation and Cultural Exchange during the Han Dynasty" exhibition. This exhibition aims to introduce to the public the development of the history, art and culture during the Han period by featuring a number of stunning exhibits on loan from the major cultural institutions in the Mainland.

The reign of the Han dynasty was the longest lasting and one of the greatest among all unified dynasties in China, which was influential in many aspects, including politics, art, literature, religion and science, etc. Since the Han period, Confucianism was made the main stream for the academic study and gradually as the foundation of traditional thought of the country. Besides, the exploration of trade route to the West not only laid the ground for the economic development of China for centuries, but also provided the cause for cultural exchanges and further enriched the Chinese culture. This exhibition focuses on the formation of the Han Empire, the social life of the Han people as well as the cultural exchange with the West during this period. A special emphasis is put on the development of the Lingnan region (to which Hong Kong belongs) during the two Han periods.

About 162 sets of artefacts, meticulously selected from about 40 cultural institutions in over ten provinces and cities in China, including Beijing, Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Hebei, Hunan, Shandong, Sichuan, Xinjiang and Shaanxi, are showcased in this exhibition. It is a very rare opportunity for the wide range of exhibits from different provinces presented altogether in Hong Kong. This exhibition lets the visitors explore the process of Chinese culture reaching its peak and the role of the Lingnan region more than 2,000 years ago.

Public Guided Tour Schedule

Thematic Exhibition Website

Stone Pixie
Collection of Xi'an Beilin Museum
Stone Tianlu
Collection of Xi'an Beilin Museum
Jade Suit sewn with Gold Thread from the Mausoleum of King Chu at Xuzhou
Collection of Xuzhou Museum
Jade Door Knocker with Pattern of an Animal Face
Collection of Maoling Museum
Imperial Seal of Emperor Wen (King Wen of Nanyue) with a Dragon Knob
Collection of Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King
Gilded Bronze Container (Zhong) with a Phoenix Knob on the Lid
Collection of Xi'an Museum
Five-storey Painted Pottery Granary House
Collection of Jiaozuo City Museum
Silver Boshan Incense Burner Inlaid with Gold
Collection of Hebei Museum
Bronze Winged Figure
Collection of Xi'an Museum
Woollen Fabric with a Centaur Pattern over Blue Background
Collection of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum

24/6 – 5/10/2015

Admission  Fee (including "The Hong Kong Story" permanent exhibition)
Mondays、Thursdays to Sundays
Standard: HK$20
Concession:HK$10 (for people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder), full time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Group (20 persons or above):HK$14

Standard: HK$10
Concession:HK$5 (for people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder), full time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Group (20 persons or above):HK$7

Holders of Museum Pass enjoy free admission

Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Solely sponsored by
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Jointly presented by 
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Art Exhibitions China

Jointly organised by
The Hong Kong Museum of History

Art Exhibitions China


Pictorial Exhibition on "China's War of Resistance against Japan"

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese people's victory in the War of Resistance against Japan. From the outset of the Japanese invasion, triggered by the Mukden Incident of 18 September 1931, to the launch of China's full-scale resistance against Japan after the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of 7 July 1937, the people of Hong Kong backed their compatriots in China with both human and material resources, and their unwavering support bears testimony to how the people of mainland China and Hong Kong, intricately connected, have stood by one another through thick and thin.

The display of valuable historical photographs in this exhibition sheds light on the progress of China's War of Resistance against Japan, the support provided by the people of Hong Kong in the fight against the Japanese aggression and the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. We hope that the exhibition will deepen the public's understanding of this important chapter in history, so that we can all appreciate and value the courage and nobility of the many unsung heroes who battled undaunted to protect our motherland and our people.



Chinese troops equipped with German-made weapons prepare to take to the battlefield after the Battle of Shanghai breaks out in August 1937.

The Eighth Route Army hails its victory on a beacon tower on the Great Wall after capturing of Dongtuanbao in Laiyuan, Hebei, during the Hundred Regiments Offensive.

A detachment of Japanese troops advance towards the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, in December 1941.

A temporary pillbox (middle) built in Wanchai in 1941 to defend against possible invasion by the Japanese army

12/8 – 5/10/2015

1/F Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of History

Free Admission

Presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Organised by
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence