The Palace Museum is worth every penny and is a must-visit in Hong Kong. The Palace Museum is a work of art itself, with an imposing exterior appearance, matched by the interior layout and design experienced within. It is a partner to the Palace Museum in Beijing, housing over 900 precise treasures of Chinese heritage and culture from the Forbidden City. You can easily spend 2 hours walking around and admiring priceless artefacts which are beautifully exhibited. The treasures are displayed beautifully and include English and Chinese information for visitors to understand what they are viewing. All are excellently curated in a modern, elegant yet approachable way, so that everyone can enjoy what they are seeing, be you a history buff, novice museum goer or even families with children.
The Palace Museum’s inverted-trapezoidal exterior looks like a ‘ding’ tripod. Inside of it, the interior design ingeniously echoes that of the Forbidden City in Beijing —featuring the signature red walls and golden glazed roof tiles of the imperial palace. The red entrance doors, each adorned decorative studs, are also a tribute to the Palace Museum, with red symbolising good fortune and number nine alluding to imperial supremacy (nine is the number for ancient Chinese emperors). What’s worth mentioning is that there is a big balcony affording magnificent panoramic views across the Victoria Harbour on each floor. When you walk outside, your eyes will probably be caught by the mottled rusty exterior walls — the thin layer of rust on the surface of the steel alloy will change its patterns and colours over time, showing you different faces every time you pay a visit.
The museum boasts a total of nine galleries: while Gallery 1 to Gallery 7 host thematic exhibitions, Gallery 8 and Gallery 9 stage special exhibitions.
If you can only pick one gallery to visit, you should definitely go for Gallery 3. Gallery 3 is all about ceramics, a symbol of power, status and taste in ancient China. Ranging from earthenware dated back to the Neolithic period to “imitation-lacquer” porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, nearly half of the treasures presented in this gallery are national first-class cultural relics. Welcoming you at the entrance is an assembly of 12 colourful chrysanthemum-shaped dishes custom made the Yongzheng Emperor (who reigned from 1722 to 1735). According to historical records, the emperor ordered 40 sets of such dishes, among which no two were identical in colour. But how many of them still exist? God knows.
These photos are just a small fraction of the total items on display. Overall, the Palace Museum is a wondrous place to visit - a gem for both locals and tourists. It is easily accessible by train - alight from Kowloon station and walk into Elements shopping mall - there are directions in the mall to take you to the Kowloon Cultural District. Follow them and it will lead you to a short overhear bridge which you will first see M+ and from there you just walk the vicinity cultural district outdoor park to the Palace Museum. In fact, the short walk in the park is enough to distract you with lots of photo opportunities and appreciation of the esthetic and landscape and views of the sea. If you would like to take a break from shops, skyscrapers and crowded streets and make a cultural visit, this is the go-to place in Hong Kong！