The new TV programme "In Touch with Palace Museum", co-produced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) was broadcast on TVB Jade at 7.30pm on four consecutive Saturdays from January 7, 2017. It tells the public about the essence of traditional Chinese culture and its meaning, as well as the significant and unique roles played by Hong Kong and the Palace Museum in the conservation of historical relics.
The launching ceremony of the "In Touch with Palace Museum" TV programme was held on January 3 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
First Episode - Architecture
The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is strategically located with the endowment of Ancient China's astronomy and Yin Yang principle. The complex of halls and palaces spreads out on two sides of the central axis. One may not be aware that some places in Hong Kong share the same architectural concept. Meanwhile, the building materials and its practicality are meticulously examined.
The Palace Museum is the largest old, wooden architecture complex in the world.
The Meridian Gate (Wu Men) has three doors in the front while five at the back.
The crew has visited a courtyard nearby, feeling the touch of nature -human in harmony.
Second Episode – Grand Weddings
The grand weddings of the Qing emperors are stunning for its splendour and extremely elaborate rituals. The programme hosts would explain the dishes of the nuptial dinner and take the audience to the Hakka walled village to witness their traditional wedding proceedings.
On the grand wedding day, the Empress sat in the Phoenix chair while entering the palace.
The wedding room in the Palace of Earthly Tranquillity (photo shows the replica at "Ceremony and Celebration - The Grand Weddings of the Qing Emperors" Exhibition).
The nuptial dinner prepared for the emperor and the empress is reanimated by the Chinese Culinary Institute after its relentless efforts in research (photo taken from "In Touch with Palace Museum" TV Programme).
Third Episode – Gardening
Emperor Qianlong sure knew how to enjoy his life at the palace: the Palace of Tranquil Longevity (Ning Shou Gong) was specially built for his lofty retreat after retirement. The third episode features places which have been renovated recently and have never been opened before, as well as Juan Qin Zhai, the most beautiful corner in Ning Shou Gong. After that, the programme takes us to Lingnan Garden and shows us its difference and similarities with the royal garden.
Winding paths and hidden walkways in Qianlong Garden
Juan Qin Zhai – the lofty retreat for Emperor Qianlong
Lingnan Garden - The architectural design has referred to the traditional layout of courtyards and winding corridors.
Fourth Episode – Relics
The last episode examines the treasures of the Palace Museum (PM) including paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jades, etc. It also covers how the works recorded in the "Shiqu Baoji"catalogues was smuggled by Puyi out of the palace, being dispersed to Hong Kong over the decades. Last, the episode has interviewed with relic restorers of PM and local museums on the conservation and preservation of the cultural properties.
The hosts appreciate the painting under "Shiqu Baoji" catalogues.
Wang Jin, the master of relic restoration of the PM, is explaining the details of clock restoration.
The local expert explains the methodology of paintings restoration.
"Let's Look Around the Palace Museum" Mini-Programme
A series of animations, namely "Let's look Around the Palace Museum" was on air during the broadcast period of the TV Programme. It consists of 20 topics on the Palace Museum, each lasts for 20 seconds, giving the audience delightful bits on the Palace Museum.
Wu Men is the main entrance of the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Bronze lion statue aside is guarding the palace over the centuries.
Dougong, wooden square blocks, when inserted together can provide rigid support to the buildings in Chinese architecture.