A History of Piracy in the South China Sea

Why We Recommend it

Inspired by the swashbuckling story of Hong Kong’s own pirate legend, Cheung Po Tsai, this exhibit is a rare survey of the colliding worlds of maritime crime and trade.



Through the lens of piracy and with particular focus on Hong Kong’s local pirate hero, Cheung Po Tsai, the exhibition will explore the blurred lines between illicit and legal trade in the local economy, and also shed light on the development of key ports and trade routes in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Exploring the inter-relationship between piracy, trade and technology in Hong Kong and the South China sea from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, the exhibition will also illustrate the different kinds of vessels involved in trade and coastal defence in this period.


When: 28 Apr 2017 - 8 Oct 2017 Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum – Central