Art Month: 5 local Chinese art gems to cross off your list

by: Angie Kwon
28 Mar 2019

With the recent opening of the Xiqu centre, and inspired by Art Month and the opening of all the major art shows and fairs, we wanted to share some of our favourite Chinese-themed artsy locations in Hong Kong, for a less crowded, but definitely fun and interesting cultural immersion.

Chinese opera @ Xiqu Centre
Your first stop should be the Xiqu centre. The word “xiqu” refers to the traditional art of Chinese Opera, and accordingly the new centre houses a grand theatre. Also notable is the building’s design, which takes inspiration from Chinese lanterns, with the entrance resembling parted show curtains. Current offerings include opera performances from the highly esteemed China Theatre Association Plum Blossom Award Troupe, along with rare film screenings of old xiqu movies. Xiqu Centre, 88 Austin Rd W, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2200 0217, westkowloon.hk/en/the-district/architecture-facilities/xiqu-centre

Bruce Lee @ Hong Kong Heritage Museum
The Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a mecca for traditional Chinese history, art and culture with five permanent exhibitions and several special exhibitions spread throughout the year. One of our favourites is the “Bruce Lee: Kung Fu ‧ Art ‧ Life" exhibition, featuring more than 600 items of memorabilia. The exhibition celebrates Lee not only as a film star and martial artist, but also as a pioneering icon that spread Chinese culture across the world. 1 Man Lam Rd, Sha Tin, heritagemuseum.gov.hk
Lunch @ former Chinese medicine shop
Tai Wo Tang Cafe is a former traditional Chinese medicine store dating back to 1932. Once favoured by celebrities and politicians it closed in 2017, but was lovingly brought back to life as a cafe last October. It is still lined with original Chinese medicine cabinets and glass ware, and historical photos. This instagram hotspot serves Western-style fare such as all-day breakfast, plus quintessential Hong Kong dishes; don’t miss the fried chicken and Hong Kong-style egg waffle and the Hong Kong style milk tea. 24 Nga Tsin Long Rd, Kowloon City, 2623 2006

Drink tea @ LockCha Teahouse
Take a break from the bustle at the zen refuge, LockCha Teahouse. This premium tea specialists run private tea appreciation classes, which do require advance reservations, but you can also ask for a brewing demonstration for a small fee when you order tea. There are several locations, all in historical or cultural locations, including the Mei Foo branch which is also an art gallery. G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty. 2801 7177; lockcha.com
Meditate @ Tsz Shan Monastery
Take the train to Tai Po Market, rent a bike and follow the scenic cycling path until you get to Tsz Shan Monastery surrounded by mountains and greenery. You won’t miss it as it features a stunning 76-metre statue of Guanyin, the goddess of mercy. While admission is free, to ensure it is never too crowded the monastery requires advance registration via its website. There are also a number of strict rules that need to be observed, all of which are to be found on its website. 88 Universal Gate Rd, Tai Po, 2123 8666; tszshan.org