‘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 。Creative Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition & Outdoor Art Installation
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


My Affection, My Heart” Outdoor Calligraphy Art Installation

Respond to the form, colour, and size of 16 different calligraphic works of the Chinese character “Heart” and original film dialogue. The design of the art installation is a unique combination of the unique elements from 16 classic Hong Kong films. Everyone can enjoy the emotions that accompany these beautiful memories and then together create a moving scene that belongs just to them.
Place: Middle Zone, Jao Tsung-I Academy
Cost: Free

DIY Workshop:January to March

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

  1. 5, 12, 19, 26, January, 2, 9, 16, 23(This reservations are full.) February, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March:
    1:00pm – 2:30pm
  2. 6, 13, 20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March:
    10:30am – 12:00nn

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


The Light of Wisdom ——DIY a Creative Night Light

Lanterns are a symbol of warmth and hope. The simple elegance of oriental lanterns were called “cages of light” (燈籠) because of their round or flat shape and were the world’s earliest portable lighting tool. A quiet beauty can be achieved through a bamboo frame, a paper cover, and exquisite style.

The workshop will redesign the classic lantern using dongba handmade paper created in the Tang dynasty. Its characteristics are good light transmission, durability, and easy preservation under natural conditions. It is the earliest example of handmade paper in the world today. You can create extra cultural interest to your home by creating an individual and practical lantern night light by using natural bamboo, traditional lantern-making techniques, and with little vitality and creativity added to ancient elements.

  1. Understand the phonetic parts in Chinese characters through the “lantern” and “cage” oracle bone inscriptions.
  2. Understand the origin and symbolic meaning of lanterns and appreciate the aesthetics of different types of lanterns.
  3. Use different textured dongba paper to create an innovative DIY lantern night light.

Date & Time

  1. Sunday  1:00 – 2:30pm
  2. Jan: 6, 13, 20, 27                 1:00 – 2:30pm
  3. Feb: 3, 10, 17, 24                1:00 – 2:30pm
  4. Mar: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31       1:00 – 2:30pm

Cost: HK$148 per person/per group (1 child plus 1 adult)
To register: Click here
*2nd Anniversary Limited Offer: “The Light of Wisdom ——DIY a Creative Night Light” Workshop Three people sign up, one person free
*Participants will receive all materials for the activity.
*Participants must be at least 8 years of age; children under 8 must be accompanied by a participating 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.

* Remark: This activity is not available during workshop and guided tour. For details, please contact exhibition staff.

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 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