Gilded Glory: A Comprehensive Display of Chaozhou Woodcarving’s Splendour

Why We Recommend it

120 sets of exquisite gilded wood furniture pieces borrowed from Guangdong province, the Mecca of this ancient craft, will be on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History.


Chaozhou woodcarving, a well-known school of woodcarving in China, is popular across the ancient prefecture in the Guangdong province. It is known for the application of lacquer and gold foil to the furniture pieces, which are then carved with several layers of three-dimensional designs that are akin to a drawing depicting intricate plots. Traditional folk motifs and patterns indicating the ancient Chaoshan lifestyle are also observed in the pieces.

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Guangdong Museum, this exhibition illustrates the artistic features, subject matters as well as practical usages of Chaozhou woodcarving. A highlight of the exhibition is the large Qing dynasty openwork crab cage created by Gu Liuxi, an inheritor of the national intangible cultural heritage of Chaozhou woodcarving.

The exhibition is companioned by two free, first-come-first-served lectures co-organised by the Federation of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community Organisations: “Chaoshan Culture in Hong Kong” on 17 February 2019 and “Culinary Culture of Hometown (Chiu Chow)” on 24 February 2019.

Please note that both lectures will be conducted in Cantonese.


When: 8 Nov 2018 - 25 Feb 2019 Where: Hong Kong Museum of History – 100 Chatham Road South – Tsim Sha Tsui East