Will the Hong Kong Palace Museum be the summer special? EJINSIGHT

Who isn’t looking forward to the Palace Museum of Hong Kong?

The new baby who marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China is set to become another star in West Kowloon’s cultural district which saw the opening of the contemporary M+ museum last November.

Although the pandemic hasn’t shaken M+’s popularity, it’s the Palace Museum that steals the show. I already understand that corporate sponsors are rushing to get their names in the galleries of national treasures donated by Beijing.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum announced the price of the HK$120 ticket when it opens on July 2 yesterday, although entry is free on Wednesdays for the first year.

It doesn’t seem too far off from a movie ticket, though one wonders if it would provide much more excitement than the latest hit “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Tickets to the local chapter of the Palace Museum will be cheaper than those to the Louvre Museum (15 euros, HK$125) in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (US$25, HK$196), but this is the palace museum the most expensive in the world.

The Palace Museum in Beijing charges around 60 yuan ($70 Hong Kong) while the National Palace Museum, whose roots go back to the Kuomintang, taking these treasures to Taiwan in 1948, charges citizens 150 Taiwan dollars ($40 of Hong Kong).

Hong Kong Palace Museum tickets would be even more expensive considering the size of the collection.

The National Palace Museum in Taiwan has about 700,000 pieces of art, compared to 1.86 million pieces in the Palace Museum in Beijing. For the Hong Kong Palace Museum, there will be 914 works of art borrowed from its Beijing counterparts, as well as 13 on loan from the Louvre and more than 100 artifacts from local museums.

But this is understandable as we know that the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority is struggling to pay its bills after using most of the funds it applied in 2008.

Since many of these works of art are over 1,000 years old, for protection reasons they will be kept in darkness for three years after a month of display.

The Hong Kong Palace Museum is expected to see 5,000 visitors daily in the first month before reaching a maximum daily capacity of 7,000. This compares to the National Palace Museum’s 4.8 million visitors and 19, 3 million visitors the Palace Museum attracted a year before the pandemic.

Are you ready for the summer hit? We’ll see each other there.

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