‘The Vivid World of Chinese Characters:
From the Origin to the Future’ Exhibition

Chinese characters are a group of fairies endowed with great charms. They record the hardship of drastic historical changes as well as the prosperity of peaceful and flourishing times. Loaded with the wisdom and sentiments of the ancient Chinese, Chinese characters show what beauty has meant to the Chinese people and how beauty has been expressed by them.

This exhibition is not confined only to write description but also highlighting those charming elements of Chinese characters through interacting with concrete objects, video and music.

We hope that the good essence of Chinese culture can be inherited and the vitality of Chinese characters grows every day. May the wisdom of Chinese characters bring you joy everyday!

(Due to great success and popular demand, the Exhibition has been extended until 31 December 2019.)
Date: 18th Feb 2017 to 31st Dec 2019 (closed on Mondays, except Public Holidays)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: 1/F, Block F, Jao Tsung-I Academy, 800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

。The Eight Areas 。Portable Hanzi Knowledge Player
。Guided Tour 。Special Events
。DIY Workshop 。Student Activities
Original Hanzi souvenir 。Exhibition Information

The Eight Areas

。The beauty of Chinese characters 。Chinese characters in Our Daily Life

。The Tree of the World’s Scripts 。Story of Chinese characters
。The Beauty of Chinese Characters 。Chinese Characters in Our Daily Life
。Rotating Radicals 。I Love Hong Kong
。The Powerful You 。Souvenir

Portable Hanzi Knowledge Player

Portable Hanzi Knowledge Player is now available! Simply scan the QR Codes to enjoy the audio guide service.

Guided Tour

Want to know more about Chinese characters? Plan your visit with us! Led by our professionally trained volunteer docents, the tour will give you a unique and inspiring visitor experience. Together we will explore the vivid world of Chinese characters.

Date: 18th Feb 2017 to 31st Dec 2019 (closed on Mondays, except Public Holidays)
Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Registration: Not required
Assembly: Assembly point, G/F, Block F
Language: Cantonese


*Free of charge. Reservation is required for English guided tour.
Hotline: 2100 2828
Email: programme@jtia.hk

Special Events

Halloween Special Event——Chinese Characters Phantom Parties

Halloween is coming! In a series of four masquerades, people dressed as Chinese characters will take you to explore the mysterious side of the Chinese character world! You can see Western ghost masks everywhere in the streets at Halloween. But what do you know about Chinese mask culture? Take part in one of our Chinese character phantom parties, and glimpse the meaning behind the various masks of Chinese folk customs, and then make your own traditional folk hanging tiger mask! Participants will also be given a gift of an original and beautiful Chinese character, don’t miss it!
Date & Time:
The last two weekends in October
20, 21, 27, 28    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: HK$148 Adults/Families (1 child + 1 adult)
Language: Cantonese
Registration: Click here
* All materials supplied
* Activity suitable for children aged 4 and above
* Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult



“The Vivid World of Chinese Characters” Cultural Accommodation Package

(Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)

Special Privileges:

  1. 1-Night Accommodation at Heritage Lodge
  2. Enjoy complimentary workshop to create unique Chinese souvenirs: Making Oracles — DIY Oracle Bone literacy seal (Original Price: HK$148) OR Lovely Notebook — DIY Stitched-bound Book (Original Price: HK$128)
  3. After joining the guided tour of the exhibition, you will get a special gift.

Reservation:rsvn@heritagelodgehk.com / 2100 2888

Workshop enrollment: Please click here

DIY Workshop: September to October

Making Oracles —— DIY Oracle Bone literacy seal

The most distinctive and richest features of oracle bones developed by the ancients is their use of symbolism and generalization; this enabled the earliest systematic writing to appear in China and helped to establish the basic rules of Chinese character formation. It has been over 3,000 years that Chinese characters have flowed down to us since the oracle bones of the Yin and Shang. Oracle bones scripts are like a child’s innocent doodling, which allows children to fully use their imagination to forge a connection between characters and real life. By understanding the reasons behind how characters were created, children will be able to open the door to wisdom by coming head-to-head with the thinking of the ancients.

Focusing on a child’s daily life, we selected 36 commonly used Chinese characters, and made them into lively and cute oracle bones to illustrate the earliest origin, structural, and cultural connotations of Chinese characters. Then it will be fun making flat Chinese characters come alive by making a DIY seal. These will be used as a theme to create a picture book by encouraging the child to use their imagination and to turn a single Chinese character an oracle bone story. Guide your child to observe and explore the gift of the world around them through their knowledge of Chinese characters!

1. Learn pictographs of animals, plants, and nature found on oracle bone;
2. Understand seal culture
3. Through observation and hands-on activities to understand the wisdom of the ancients
4. Fall in love with oracle bones and the study of pictographs

Date & Time
September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 25, 30  10:30 am – 12:00 noon
October: 1, 7, 14, 17, 21, 28  10:30 am – 12:00 noon
October: 17                         4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
November: 4, 11, 18, 25       4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: HK$148 for families (1 child + 1 adult)
Language: Cantonese
Registration: Click here (October) / Click here (November)
* All materials will be supplied.
* This event is suitable for children aged 3-8.
* Children must be accompanied by parents.

Lovely Notebook —— DIY Stitched-bound Book

As an important carrier of ideology and culture, Chinese books have evolved over a long period of time and are now quite different from their earliest days when they were written on bamboo or silk. The birth of a stitched-bound book usually requires many processes such as cutting paper, brushing, folding, aligning, flattening, sizing, cutting, hole-punching, threading, stitching, and book-marking, more suitable for Xuan paper. This process seems quite complicated, but it helps you to appreciate the ingenuity and originality of ancient Chinese culture.

Create a stitched book by hand so you can record life events, pass on cultural wisdom, learn about characters, and improve oneself. We want people to understand the ancients’ respect for books and knowledge by understanding how books have changed. By creating a stitched book, you are not only inheriting this traditional and classic binding technique, but you are also inheriting the spiritual nature of China.

1. Understand the evolution of the Chinese book
2. Know the origin of the Chinese character 「冊」
3. Learn the basics of the stitched book
4. Create a DIY hand-painted stitched book

Date & Time:
September: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
October: 1, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: HK$128 per person
Language: Cantonese
Registration: Click here
* All materials will be supplied.
* Activity suitable for 12 years and older.

Imprinting Characters——DIY Stone Carving the Chinese Zodiac

A complete work from engraving to printing tests not only the skills of calligraphy, art, and composition, but also imagination and patience. Using the familiar characters of the Chinese animal zodiac and zodiac totems, experience the charm of engraving and printing first hand based on traditional craftsmanship. Leaving some beautiful behind after a wonderful time together.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Understand the origins of engraving and printing and their important role in the spread of Chinese characters.
  2. Understand the process of engraving and printing and the different techniques of engraving.
  3. Find out cultural knowledge about animals of the Chinese zodiac and understand the oracle bones of the zodiac.
  4. Encourage everyone to combine traditional engraving patterns and their creativity to design a zodiac pattern.

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday
November 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25   1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
December 2, 8, 9 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30   1:30pm – 3:00pm

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: HK$148 adults/families (1 child + 1 adult)
Language: Cantonese
Registration: Click here
* All materials supplied
* Activity is appropriate for aged 8 years and above
* Children 15 years or young must be accompanied by a participating adult


Chinese Character Theatre——DIY Oral Bones Shadow Plays

The shadow play, which originated over 2,000 years ago, is a form of drama that uses shadow and light effects in its performance. It combines engraving, painting, and opera, and is a traditional art form with profound cultural associations.
Children will be encouraged to make an oracle bone character shadow puppet, to give these Chinese characters a personality, and then use their character in a performance of a shadow play. In this process, the child will learn the fine craftsmanship of painting, painting and assembly, and will also understand the importance of working with one another during the performance, and also deepen their understanding of Chinese characters.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Understand the origin and production of shadow plays, and feel the interesting blend of art and life.
  2. Understand the word-making principle of these characters through the characters of dragon, tiger, phoenix, and ghost through watching a Chinese character shadow play.
  3. Select an image to make a DIY shadow puppet and encourage your child to use their creativity to create a shadow pattern.
  4. Help the child to give their shadow puppet a personality; children in groups will then perform a story to enhance their imagination and self-expression.

Date & Time: Sundays
November: 4, 11, 18, 25 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: HK$148 Family groups (1 child + 1 adult)
Language: Cantonese
Registration: Click here
* All materials supplied
* Activity suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 8 if accompanied by a parent

DIY Lucky Stamp
——The Beauty of Words, Blessing of Stamps

The blessings that ancient people have passed down through the generations have been forged though a combination of art and auspicious words. This activity is suitable for all the family to do together, especially at this wonderful time of year. Share in the beauty of your lucky stamp while you are pressing love permanently onto the paper by hand, which you will then put into the frame, and then take it home with rich blessings for all.

Tools: 1 tube of ink, 1 cylinder, 2 sheets of red rice paper (large), 1 horse lotus, 1 frame.

1. Select Woodblock: Select a “lucky compound character” woodblock carving;
2. Ink: Select a color stamp pad, press evenly on the engraving, then evenly colour the engraving;
3. The Paper: The rice paper is gently overlaid onto the engraving, taking care to keep the engraving in the middle of the rice paper.
4. Print: Hold the rice paper in one hand, and press the rice paper from the middle out of the lotus root evenly to make the ink appear on the rice paper;
5. Finish: gently uncover the rice paper from one corner and let it dry for a while;
6. Frame: Put the print into the customized photo frame. The auspicious engraving work with hand-made temperature is completed!

The last step, take the lucky stamp home!

Time: 10 minutes
Cost: HK$30 /per time
No need to register, just turn up on the day.

Student Activities

The aim of these activities is to assist in language learning through a new way of understanding Chinese characters and traditional culture. The “Vivid World of Chinese Characters” is designed for schools to experience the beauty of Chinese characters through visits, games, and DIY experiences.

The content is as follows:

Target: All primary and secondary schools (minimum 25 students per group)
Location: F Block, Jao Tsung-I Academy (800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon)
Date: 15th September 2018 to 15th July 2019 (every Tuesday to Saturday excluding public holidays)
The contents of
experiences & Fee:
1.Experience the Beauty of Chinese Characters – guided tours, worksheets and optional workshops (approx. 2 hours)  
Fee: HK$98 per student
Time slot: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 12:30 pm or 2 pm – 4:30 pm
Students will visit the exhibition halls and learn relevant Chinese characters in workshops taught by a tutor to experience the beauty of Chinese characters through games and DIY workshops.
2.Free guided tour of the exhibition (approx. 1 hour) Saturday 11 am – 12 noon only

The docent will introduce the eight themed areas of the exhibition and students will learn the cultural heritage of Chinese characters interactively.

Overview of
the contents:
Primary: Please click here to download / Secondary: Please click here to download 
Registration: Online Registration: Click here ;or
Primary: Please click here to download the form / Secondary:  Please click here to download the form, fax it to 2100 2882 after completing the form, or email to programme@jtia.hk with “Student Activity for “The Vivid World of Chinese Characters” in the subject line and a reply will be sent within 5 working days to confirm the application.


Original Hanzi souvenir

The souvenir corner is located at the exhibition hall, with simple, cozy and spacious interior. It offers a wide array of quality souvenirs, accessories and stationeries with focus on Chinese characters and art.

Original Hanzi souvenir Available exclusively in Jao Tsung-I Academy 
Special Offers



Exhibition Information

China Publication|Jao Tsung-I Academy

AER Culture|Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Ltd

Sponsored by:
Longbow Enterprises

Academic Support:
Commercial Press (HK) Cyberbooks Ltd|Chung Hwa Book Company (Hong Kong) Limited|

Supporting Organizations:



Location and Access:

1) Take Exit B at the MTR Mei Foo Station and walk towards the direction of HKU SPACE until you come to the CLP Power Substation. Go up to the footbridge and turn left to the Castle Peak Road Sitting-out Area. Then cross the Castle Peak Road at the pedestrian crossing and arrive at the Jao Tsung-I Academy.
Walking time: around 8-minute.

2) Take Exit D3 at the MTR Lai Chi Kok Station, walk towards the direction of Mei Foo.
Walking time: around 15-minute.

Transport & Map:



General Enquires: (852) 2100 2828 / programme@jtia.hk