Hong Kong Palace Museum opens to public

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About 80 per cent of the around 140,000 tickets for the first four weeks of the opening exhibitions have already been sold…reports Asian Lite News

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM), located in the West Kowloon Cultural District of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), was open to the public on Sunday.

More than 900 treasures from the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing are put on display on rotation at the opening exhibitions. Some of the pieces are being shown in Hong Kong for the first time, Xinhua news agency reported.

About 80 per cent of the around 140,000 tickets for the first four weeks of the opening exhibitions have already been sold.

Kevin Yeung, secretary for culture, sports and tourism of the HKSAR government, said the “HKPM will leverage Hong Kong’s own cultural edge to tell a good China story”.

General admission is priced at 50 Hong Kong dollars (about $6.37), while special exhibition tickets will be 120 Hong Kong dollars ($15.29).

The museum will be free to all on Wednesdays during the first year of opening, and 150,000 general admission tickets will be sponsored by corporates and other organisations for distribution to underprivileged groups, the museum said.

 China-HK trade

 Trade between the Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland has surged more than sixfold in 25 years, official data showed.

From 1997 to 2021, the value of trade increased 6.1 times from $50.77 billion to $360.33 billion, an average annual hike of 8.5 per cent, Xinhua news agency quoted China’s Ministry of Commerce as saying.

By the end of 2021, investment from Hong Kong into China had topped $1.4 trillion, the data showed.

Shu Jueting, a spokesperson for the Ministry, told reporters that economic and trade cooperation between the two sides has continually deepened since 1997.

While integrating itself into the country’s overall development, Hong Kong has become an important participant in domestic circulation and a key contributor connecting domestic and international circulations, she said.

Over the past 25 years, the Commerce Ministry has worked with the Hong Kong government on economic and trade cooperation mechanisms, facilitated the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and supported Hong Kong’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative.

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