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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Centenary of China's 1911 Revolution Exhibition

This year marks the centenary of China's 1911 Revolution, a series of events that brought an end to imperial rule in China. The Hong Kong Museum of History in Kowloon currently holds a short-term exhibition (2 March to 16 May 2011) to showcase 140 sets of exhibits from the Hubei Provincial Museum.


The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Museum on the Hong Kong Island holds permanent exhibition on these 1911 events with the focus on the leader behind the revolution.


The focus of this temporary exhibition is however on the events prior to and after the success of the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911 that began a chain reaction to overthrown the last imperial dynasty of China. Hubei is the province where Wuchang is located.


The exhibits on displayed are items from that time, but not necessary associated to the revolution. There is also a section displaying images of Hong Kong during that period. The organizers are obviously trying to link Hong Kong to the 1911 Revolution. 


Notes: 
(1) Hong Kong was under British governance at that time. It had little to do with the 1911 Revolution apart from educating and inspiring Dr Sun Yan-Sen, as well as offering secrete meeting locations for revolutionist.
(2) Photography inside the temporary exhibition area is prohibited.
(3) A tour in the permanent display area of the Hong Kong Museum of History is highly recommended.