“Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers” Exhibition

Presented by

Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The Palace Museum


Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly organised by

Hong Kong Museum of History
The Palace Museum

Solely sponsored by

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

2 July 2017 – 9 October 2017

The Qing court attached great importance to an emperor’s birthday celebrations since it was believed that the emperor’s longevity was a testimony of his great virtues and effective rule over the nation. On display are 210 sets of precious exhibits associated with the grand birthday celebrations of Emperor Kangxi, Emperor Qianlong, Empress Dowager Chongqing (mother of Qianlong), Emperor Jiaqing and Empress Dowager Cixi selected from the collection of The Palace Museum in Beijing, introducing the ritual system that was part and parcel of the birthday celebrations of the Qing emperors and empress dowagers, as well as the rich culture of Chinese birthday celebrations in ancient times. 

The CnC is honoured to have contributed to the design of the multimedia presentations and the introductory leaflet of the exhibition.