Hong Kong Museum of History 「The Hong Kong Story」
|Welcoming more than ten million
visitors over the past 18 years,「The Hong Kong Story
」permanent exhibition has enjoyed an enthusiastic response
from both local and overseas visitors since it opened in
2001. The exhibition will be temporarily closed from 19 Oct
2020 for an extensive revamp.
「The Hong Kong Story」 comprises 8 galleries located on two
floors: The Natural Environment, Prehistoric Hong Kong, The
Dynasties: From the Han to the Qing, Folk Culture in Hong
Kong, The Opium Wars and the Cession of Hong Kong, Birth and
Early Growth of the City, The Japanese Occupation, Modern
Metropolis and the Return to China.
|The Natural Environment
- In this area, rocks and fossils are used to demonstrate
the topography of Hong Kong through the succession of
geological periods in the last 400 million years.
|Emerging from the narrow tunnel,
visitors are plunged in an instant into a forest of towering
trees as high as 18 metres, with many specimens of birds,
reptiles and mammals. This ecosystem in microcosm introduces
Hong Kong's flora and fauna of 6,000 years ago and their
relationships with the natural environment.
|Prehistoric Hong Kong
- Archaeology yields ample evidence of human activities in
Hong Kong 6,000 years ago, i.e. the Neolithic period.
Exhibits in this area include prehistoric artefacts of
stone, pottery and bronze.
|The Dynasties: From the Han
to the Qing - This gallery outlines the development
of Hong Kong from the Qin and Han to Qing dynasties through
the relics preserved in the territory and on loan from
|Folk Culture in Hong Kong
- This gallery introduces the colourful customs of four
ethnic groups of Hong Kong and South China. Stepping onto a
life-size replica of a fishing junk, visitors can examine
closely the Boat Dwellers' living conditions, and learn
about their customs and beliefs.
|The museum restored The Tang
Ancestral Hall, which is one of the largest ancestral hall
in Hong Kong and The Tang Ancestral Hall was declared a
monument in 2001.
|Hakka peasant family's dwelling,
the sparseness of the furnishings reflects the Hakka
people's frugal life style.
|The Cantonese Opera theatre and The
|The Opium Wars and the
Cession of Hong Kong - This gallery outlines the
Opium Wars, their causes, the way they unfolded and the
|Lin Ze Xu - The destruction of
opium at Humen began on 3 June 1839 and involved the
destruction of 1,000 long tons (1,016 t) of illegal opium
seized from British traders under the aegis of Lin Zexu, an
Imperial Commissioner of Qing China.
|「Destruction of opium at Humen」
|Birth and Early Growth of
the City - The Victoria Harbour between Hong Kong
Island and the Kowloon Peninsula is one of the few ports in
East Asia with wide and deep natural harbors, which has
|Behind the harbour are a
european style structure, an old street scene lined with a
variety of shops.
|There is even a double-decker tram.
A tragic fire that broke out on Christmas night devastated
the squatter area in Shek Kip Mei, making more than 50 000
people homeless overnight.The government immediately built
two-storey bungalows on the site to provide temporary
shelter to the victims.
|On the corner outside the barber
shop is a comic book stall. Children can read comic books
for free when they wait in line for a haircut.
The renovation project lasts
about two years, and look forward to the new scene after the
information come from the Internet.