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Hong Kong Heritage Museum

  • 1 Man Lam Rd. Map It
  • New Territories
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

This fabulous museum is Hong Kong's largest, yet it still seems a well-kept secret: chances are you'll have most of its 11 massive galleries to yourself. They ring an inner courtyard, which pours light into the lofty entrance hall. Although many of the halls focus on ancient Chinese art and heritage, the museum recently energized its offerings with an exhibition that covers Hong Kong's pop culture. the T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, exquisite antique Chinese glass, ceramics, and bronzes fill hushed second-floor rooms. The curators have gone for quality over quantity. Look for the 3½-foot-tall terra-cotta Horse and Rider, a beautiful example of the figures enclosed in tombs in the Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220). The Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall is all singing, all dancing, and utterly hands-on. The symbolic costumes, tradition-bound stories, and stylized acting of Cantonese opera can be impenetrable: the museum provides simple explanations and stacks of artifacts, including century-old sequined costumes that put Vegas to shame. Don't miss the virtual makeup display, where you get your on-screen face painted like an opera character

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Sight Information

Address:

1 Man Lam Rd., Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Map It

Phone:

/2180–8188

Sight Details:

  • Permanent exhibitions, free; special exhibitions, HK$10
  • Closed Tues.

Published 01/20/2010

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