LIFE Mart,Field Market&Hanging Around @ JTIA

Mid-Autumn / Nostalgia Market

& Jao Tsung-I Academy Open Days 2018

Hanging Around @ JTIA, LIFE Mart and Field Market are once again joining hands to organize a large-scale market on the 22 and 23 September, with the themes of “Mid-Autumn Festival” and “Nostalgia”. There will be a whole host of community cultural activities, including a hand-made market, paper zone, special exhibitions, mystery film screenings, workshops, and kids’ games area. Come and enjoy the moon with us.


In line with the festive atmosphere of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Jao Tsung-I Academy has also made this weekend the annual Open Days. The public is invited to come and explore our historic sites and interesting historical spaces through a variety of activities.


Date: 22-23 September 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 10 am – 9 pm (Market opening hour: 2 pm – 9 pm)

Place: Jao Tsung-I Academy, 800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon

Themed Market Activities

Hand-made Market Paper Zone Workshops
Special Exhibition “Children at Play” Special Exhibition“Looking Back with Regret” Mystery Screenings
Kids Game Area Retro Store & Free Souvenirs Shuttle Bus


Jao Tsung-I Academy Open Day Activities

Take a Walk through a 100 years of Hong Kong’s History Traces Left Behind Strolling and Sketching in the Academy
The Art of Nature “The World of Flying Chinese Characters”Paper Plane Competition Chinese Traditional Food Workshop
Autumn fullness – Assorted Nuts Mooncake
Giant Moon & Moon Rabbit Special Offers on Gifts & Souvenirs Supporting Cultural Heritage


Themed Market Activities


>   Hand-made Market

LIFE Mart and Field Market, the organizers of this market, support local hand-made products and their creators. People who enjoy the handmade can come and mingle together in a simple and comfortable market environment where 80 quality handicraft brands will be on offer.

  • Date: 22 & 23 September 2 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: Outdoor Garden, Low & Middle Zones


>   Paper Zone

In the “Paper Zone” there are around 60 brands and as many as 2000 postcards, the work of photographers, illustrators and designers from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. There is also an area where you can have fun decorating notebooks with paper tape, stickers, and stamps.

  • Date: 22 & 23 September 2 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: Hall 2, the Gallery, Low Zone


In conjunction with the “Mid-Autumn Festival” and “Nostalgia” themes, two special exhibitions will be held: one recalling childhood in “Children at Play” and one about forgetting the past in “Looking Back with Regret”, and appreciating just being together on moonlit nights.


>   Special Exhibition: “Children at Play”

Do you remember what it was like to be a child? What was the toy you treasured the most? In the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Jao Tsung-I Academy together with 448 Farm will present over 100 nostalgic children’s toys for you to regain your sense of childhood fun and invoke happy times. We hope that these toys will help you to preserve your precious memories of childhood.

  • Date: 22 & 23 September 2 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: Hall 3, the Gallery, Low Zone


>   Special Exhibition: “Looking Back with Regret”

People have joys and sorrows, and the moon also waxes and wanes. Through this exhibition we want to tell stories of “when things were not perfect”, share our feelings and let our regrets become a part of life, and slowly smooth away the mistakes of the past.

  • Date: 22 & 23 September 2 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: Activity Rooms 2-4, Block G, Middle Zone


>   Kids Game Area

To get into the mood for mid-autumn, we will set up a kids outdoor game area with simple and fun games; We invite you to return to an era when there was no video games or mobile games.

  • Date: 22 & 23 September 2 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: Resource Centre, Blocks G, Middle Zone


>   Workshops

There will be different craft workshops throughout the weekend. Alongside an instructor, you will be cutting, pasting, and making a unique handmade item. Feel the creativity and warmth of the handmade.


>   Mystery Screenings

Two films linked related to “Mid-Autumn Festival” and “Nostalgia” will be screened on two separate evenings for the public to experience different moonlights within 100-year-old red brick walls.

  • Date: 22 & 23 September 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: Theatre, Block I, Middle Zone
  • Quota: 100
  • Cost: $70
  • Click here to register


>   Cash Voucher Redemption, Free Souvenirs, and Wishing Lantern Activity

Complete the simple Like & Share step while at the market and get a cash coupon, which you can use like cash. You can also use this to collect stamps which can be exchanged for free souvenirs, and participation in the wishing lantern activity.


>   Shuttle Bus

For the convenience of the public, a shuttle bus will be running between Lai Chi Kok and JTIA throughout the weekend.



Jao Tsung-I Academy Open Day Activities:


>  Take a Walk through a 100 years of Hong Kong’s History

Stepping into the Academy is like stepping into a time machine where you can shuttle between different historic sites over the course of one hundred years. The Academy conserves and revitalizes Hong Kong’s history as well as displaying it in miniature. Guided tours will be led by experienced tour guides who will provide an in-depth introduction to the site. Participants will be able to access areas usually not open to the public and learn about the history of the site and historic remains such as the “Kowloon Customs/Station Boundary Stone”, the old incinerator as well as the old pier. Every step truly has a story to tell.

  • Time: 22-23 September 11 am – 1 pm
  • Place: The Gallery, Low Zone
  • Quota: 20
  • Cost: Free
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Click here to register


>  Traces Left Behind

Visitors use materials such as clay, leaves, and paper to create models of the Jao Tsung-I Academy and its surrounding areas to enhance visitors’ understanding and connection to the Academy. The whole process from start to finish will be filmed to show the hard work that went into completing the models.

  • Time: 22-23 September 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Place: Activity Room 8, Block J, Middle Zone
  • Cost: Free
  • No need to register, just turn up!


>  Strolling and Sketching in the Academy

The Jao Tsung-I Academy is located on a lush green hillside in Lai Chi Kok, forming a rare sight in the city. On our Open Days, you will be able to walk around the Academy with Mr. Yat Kuen Chan of the Hong Kong Sketching Society and explore your favourite spots, and use your brush or pen as well as your imagination to record the unique landscape of this Grade III historic complex.

  • Instructor: Mr. Yat Kuen Chan (retired geography teacher, local watercolor painter, president of the Hong Kong Sketching Society and Hong Kong Watercolour Society)
  • Time: 22-23 September 10: 30 am -12:30 pm
  • Place: Skylight Atrium, Middle Zone
  • Quota: 25 individuals/families (1 child + 1 adult)
  • Cost: $30 (Including materials and tools cost)
  • Click here to register


>  The Art of Nature

Jao Tsung-I Academy is full of greenery: leaves and flowers undergo a life cycle: aging, yellowing, and then falling off. Participants will use fallen leaves, dried flowers, and dried seeds to form collages without frames, giving new life to these materials as well as gaining a better understanding of the diversity of the natural ecology of the Academy.

  • Time: 23 September 10:30 am – 12 noon
  • Place: Activity Room 10, Block J, Middle Zone
  • Quota: 25 individuals/families (1 child + 1 adult)
  • Cost: $30 (Including materials and tools cost)
  • To register click here


The World of Flying Chinese Characters” Paper Plane Competition

We believe that making and playing with paper airplanes is fun for children of all ages. Have you ever thought about using your knowledge of Chinese characters that you have gained from the exhibition “The Vivid World of Chinese Characters” to make your own Chinese paper airplane? We invite you to explore the hidden possibilities of Chinese characters by joining the “World of Flying Chinese Characters” paper airplane competition on the 22 and 23 September and launch them to the skies and thus the future.

  • Time: 22 & 23 September 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Place: “The Vivid World of Chinese Characters” Exhibition, 1/F, Block F, Middle Zone


>  Gigantic Moon & Moon Rabbit

Have fun in the autumn night breeze under the light of the stars in the company of the moon and the jade rabbit.

  • Time: 22 & 23 September 10 am – 9 pm
  • Place: Skylight Atrium, Middle Zone


Special Offers on Gifts & Souvenirs

Discounts will be given to a range of original Jao Tsung-I Academy gifts and items based on Chinese characters on the days of the event.

  • Time: 22 & 23 September 10 am – 9 pm
  • Place: “The Vivid World of Chinese Characters” Exhibition, 1/F, Block F, Middle Zone


Support and Donations for JTIA

As a not-for-profit organization, The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture in operating Jao Tsung-I Academy, uses your donation to support our mission to promote Chinese Culture, Hong Kong’s history, arts, education, and facilitate cultural and academic interchange.


While we have established a minimum fee in some activities, most of our activities and exhibitions are free, many visitors and participants contribute more than the minimum to help support our mission.


Your donation will go directly towards heritage conservation and cultural promotion. Thank you!