INTRODUCTION: An exhibition has opened in Hong Kong of ancient treasures from the old Imperial Palace in Peking.
GV ZOOM IN EXTERIOR Exhibition site in Hong Kong
GV ZOOM INTO CU Gold saddle with jewels in glass case
SV People looking at wall paintings
LV Gold Bhuddist Pagoda inlaid with jewels
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Gold Goddess of Mercy
CU ZOOM OUT GV Gold Bhuddist pagoda inlaid with jewels
GV Gold clock
SV Elephant shaped enamel incense burner
GV Imperial throne of Qian Long
CU ZOOM OUT Various imperials seals in jade and gold (2 shots)
SVs Partition with jade carving
SV Security guard
CU ZOOM IN Gold chimes
SV People buying at souvenir counter
Security guards on main entrance
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An exhibition has opened in Hong Kong of ancient treasures from the old Imperial Palace in Peking. The palace is now a museum, and the relics housed there attract hundreds of thousands of art lovers and tourists every year.
SYNOPSIS: But for one month a selection of the exhibits have been brought to Hong Kong. The people here and from neighbouring Macao will have a chance to see some of the fabulous treasures of the Chinese emperors.
The exhibition includes court paintings of the Ming and Qing dynasties, which ruled China from the 14th to the 20th centuries, and the gold Goddess of Mercy which dates from the 18th century.
Also on show is a Buddhist pagoda, which would have a stood in the Imperial Palace as a shrine, where the Emperors and Empresses would say their prayers.
There are antique clocks and watches in the exhibition, pottery, jewellery, armour and other artifacts.
This sandalwood throne belonged to Emperor Qian Long, the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty. He was also responsible for the inscription of the imperial seals, which are made out of jade and gold. The seals symbolised the emperors' power.
Jade began to be used very widely around the middle of the Qing dynasty, that is towards the end of the 18th century. The stone was carved into a variety of ornamental objects, from enormous sculptures to the most delicate jewellery pieces.
The Qing dynasty also produced the gold chimes, used to provide music during court ceremonies.
The exhibition will be open to the public until the beginning of May. Until then the people of Hong Kong have at their disposal a cultural display rarely seen outside Peking.