HONG KONG -- Hong Kong has a vast array of museums memoralizing
every facet of its history and arts.
A convenient -- and cost-effective -- way for visitors to take
in Hong Kong's museum scene is to purchase a $10 Museum Pass that
entitles users to unlimited rides aboard a museum shuttle and
access to five museums along a circular route in Kowloon and the
The shuttle ride includes taped commentary about the museums on
the tour and about the sights along the route.
The pass is good for one month from the date of purchase.
The shuttle operates Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10
a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Riders can board the shuttle from the Kowloon Hotel or from any
of the five participating museums -- the Hong Kong Heritage Museum,
the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the
Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum.
The following are brief descriptions of the participating
museums:The Hong Kong Heritage Museum, which opened last December at a
cost of $108 million, features exhibits of Chinese art, antiquities
and folk art.
Construction on the museum began in 1996, one year before the
British handover. The facility houses its exhibits in a five-story
building constructed according to traditional Chinese courtyard
design, including a central open space, Chinese roofs and corridors
linking all exhibition galleries.
Among the permanent displays are: the New Territories Heritage
Hall housing an exhibit on the 6,000-year-old history of the inland
area that borders mainland China; the T.T. Tsui Gallery of fine and
decorative Chinese arts, with dynastic pottery and ancient bronzes,
and the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, a shed theater setting with
costumes, makeup and memorabilia depicting Cantonese Opera.The Hong Kong Museum of Art, on Kowloon's Tsimshatsu
waterfront, displays hundreds of oil paintings, drawings, etchings
and lithographs of old Hong Kong.
Of the museum's seven exhibition galleries, four display Chinese
antiquities, fine art, historical pictures and contemporary Hong
One of the galleries features the famous Xub-aizhai collection
of Chinese paintings and calligraphy.
The museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from around the
world.The Hong Kong Museum of History, in new quarters at 100 Chatham
Road South in Kowloon, next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, will
open a permanent exhibition hall outlining 6,000 years of Hong Kong
history later this year.
The museum's 86,000 square feet of gallery space includes a
lobby featuring exhibits on the Opium War.The 292,000-square-foot Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha
Tsui East is a "living" museum, with more than 500 science-related
exhibits, 60% of which are interactive.
The exhibits cover major areas of science and technology,
including robotics and transportation (there's an exhibit of an
early Cathay Pacific DC-3).The 15,000-square-foot Hong Kong Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui
offers the Hall of Astronomy, the Hall of Space Science and the
The Space Theater features a star projector that displays as
many as 9,000 stars on to a 75-foot dome screen as well as a
360-degree projection screen that plays documentaries on such
natural wonders as the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon.
For more information on Hong Kong and its cultural offerings,
call (800) 282-4582 or visit www.hkta.org.