The enchanting Chinese unicorn, or qilin, is one of the four benevolent animals in Chinese culture. Qilin dancing was recently recognised as being part of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage. To raise its profile, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum commissioned local paper-crafting master Kenneth Mo to create three qilin figure sets and a three-meter-high lantern, now on display at the Lantern Carnival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza until February 23.
For a glimpse into Hong Kong’s bygone days, visit the Hong Kong Public Records Building in Kwun Tong. A display of government publicity materials from the 1950s to the ‘70s recalls some of the pressing issues during those dynamic decades, including water rationing and a cholera outbreak.
A young Choi Chang-sau was enthralled to hear the extraordinary notes of the qin, also known as a guqin, or ancient stringed instrument. The son of a musical instrument shop owner, he dedicated his life to crafting them and passing on the age-old knowledge. Now 80, he is one of the world’s most celebrated qin makers, with a raft of dedicated students.