Hong Kong secondary school students visited the Hong Kong Royal Palace to experience the beauty of Chinese culture and art

Hong Kong secondary school students visited the Hong Kong Royal Palace to experience the beauty of Chinese culture and art
Hong Kong secondary school students visited the Hong Kong Royal Palace to experience the beauty of Chinese culture and art

Hong Kong secondary school students visited the Hong Kong Royal Palace to experience the beauty of Chinese culture and art

“Why is the underside of the Tang Dynasty tri-color glaze porcelain not smooth and shiny? Has it faded over time?”

“Why is most porcelain small at the top, large at the bottom, and thin in the middle?”

“What material did the ancients use to make porcelain smooth and beautiful?”

In front of historical porcelain artifacts, Hong Kong middle-school students were very interested in traditional Chinese culture and asked their teachers questions one after another. Where are they enjoying the porcelain? The answer lies in the newly opened Royal Palace Museum in Hong Kong.

Recently the Hong Kong Palace Museum organized a workshop on the theme of porcelain. More than 30 students at a secondary school in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region listened to Chinese ancient art expert Lee Jung Hong. They saw porcelain artifacts up close, and felt the charm of Chinese culture and art.

Lee Jung Hong introduced the development of porcelain culture to the students. His explanation in simple language attracts the students. In this process students learn about the history and techniques of porcelain. He also brought his porcelain collection so students could enjoy porcelain and pieces from the Thang, Beisung, and Qing dynasties. In this process along with the knowledge of high level techniques, the life, culture and customs of the ancient people are also known.

During the Wei Jin Southern and Northern Dynasties (the Wei Jin Southern and Northern Dynasties) some porcelains were painted with lotus flowers. The lotus flower represents the pure feelings of Buddhism. It can be seen that at that time people adopted Metaphysics and Buddhism as their spiritual practices.

“Porcelains of different eras have a close relationship with the history and environment of the time and exhibit characteristics of different eras. We can learn from the development process of China’s porcelain how the country’s lifestyle technology developed.” Sharing what she learned, student Hay Leyen said, “I want to share what I learned today with my family and friends, hoping that they can experience the deep and wide Chinese traditional culture like me.”

The students also visited the third exhibition hall of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, which displays the porcelain collection of the Beijing Palace Museum. It features the country’s first-class antiquities, the ‘Ding Vata White Glazed Baby Pillow’ from the Beisung Dynasty. The students feel that they have learned a lot from this workshop, not only from the political structure and diplomatic policy of China’s different dynasties, but also from the antiquities, they have learned about the life and fashion characteristics of people at that time. The chancellor of this secondary school, Van Yong Qiang, who came at the same time, told reporters that he was very happy to see the students’ keen interest in Chinese traditional culture.

China is helping to protect Afghan cultural heritage

The Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan, where many of the Bamiyan Caves are located, experiences extreme heat in August. The construction of two cultural heritage protection centers was completed there in May this year. They are currently in use. Bamiyan cultural heritage protection workers had to work under the hot sun in the past, but the construction of the two centers has improved their working conditions.

Abdullah Bahir Hermad, a staff member of the Bamiyan Great Buddhist Site Management Office, said the center was built with funding from Chinese friends. The center provides a work and rest area for antiquities protection staff, and provides an environment for guards to work at night. They are able to protect this world cultural heritage day and night.

Hermad noted that the Chinese friends who built the two centers are young experts from various institutions and organizations, including Beijing University, Lanzhou University, Wenzhou University, Central Academy of Fine Arts and Hong Kong Friends of Donghuang Fund.

“The Chinese friends have given us real help, and we are very grateful to them,” said Maulbi Seba Rahman Mohammadi, head of the culture and information department of Bamiyan province.

The Bamiyan Valley is located in the Hindu Kush Mountains north of the city of Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. The city was once an important city on the Silk Road and an important transportation hub connecting East Asia, West Asia and South Asia. Different religions and cultures spread here. There are about 3 thousand big and small Buddhist caves in the valley. In 2003 it was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in danger overall. It is one of the two world cultural heritage sites of Afghanistan. Two of the world famous Bamiyan major Buddhist sites are located in this valley.

Hiuen Tsang, a traveler from the Tang Dynasty of China, traveled westward to study Buddhist scriptures and passed by Bamiyan. In his writings, he describes the greatness and beauty of Bamiyan Buddhism. Last year, Chinese experts came to the Bamiyan Valley and funded and guided the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Bamiyan Caves along Hiuen Tsang’s westward travel route.

It is reported that the Bamiyan caves have not been cleaned for a long time due to years of continuous war and economic problems, and none of the caves have numbers and name-plates. This not only affects the tourist experience, but also creates difficulties in the protection of the caves and subsequent archaeological research.

“With our funding and specific advice, most of the caves near the Bamiyan Buddhist site have been officially numbered, and wooden name-plates have been installed with various information, including the age of the cave,” said Shao Suei Cheng of the Hong Kong Friends of Donghuang Fund. In this way the local administrators are able to prepare reports containing accurate relevant information, which can be used for the urgent need of cave protection.

On June 14 this year, Shao Suei Cheng received a message from an expert involved in the restoration of wall paintings in the cave of Bamiyan. The expert said in the message that the wall paintings in a cave near the Bamiyan Buddhist site are suspected to have been stolen. Shao Suei Cheng quickly located the caves according to the illustrated cave numbers and contacted the local cultural heritage protection staff. Cultural conservation workers visited the site according to the name-plate of the cave.

“From the time I received the information, the cultural protection staff checked the condition of the caves in less than an hour.” “This proves that our installation of number and nameplates is playing a real role in protecting cultural heritage,” Shao said.

Chinese experts cooperated with local cultural heritage protection workers to distribute food to children in Bamiyan region and organized regular cultural heritage protection knowledge training for local residents to raise awareness about cultural heritage protection.

“Thanks to our Chinese friends! Thanks for their support,” said Mohammad Ali Hussain Yar, an expert at the Bamiyan Buddhist Site Management Office. He said children are the future of the country, and this cultural preservation work will benefit the future of both local children and cultural heritage.

The article is in Bengali

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