'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!

Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: 1/F Block F, Middle Zone, Jao Tsung-I Academy
Address: 800 Castle Peak Road, Mei Foo, Kowloon

***To ensure an enjoyable experience for all visitors, please click here to learn about the visiting rules.

The Eight Areas

。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.

Time: 3:00pm – 3:45pm (closed on Mondays, except Public Holidays)
Registration: Not required
Assembly: Assembly point, G/F, Block F
Language: Cantonese


My Affection, My Heart” Creative Chinese Calligraphy Exhibition


Not everyone can be the main character in a film, but when we are enjoying a movie, we occasionally fantasize about being a screenwriter and creating a dialogue for the film out of our own lives. Through the imagination of 16 Hong Kong films, this exhibition and art installation uses the golden sentences from these films as a blueprint, in line with the presentation of creative calligraphy fonts, to respond to, and re-create the dialogues of the characters in the films, re-editing the characters in the films, and re-editing the inspirational classic dialogue around family, friendship, and love. With delicate and sincere brushstrokes, feel the love of family, friends, and lovers.

This exhibition has been planned by AER(Beijing)Culture Co., Ltd and Jao Tsung-I Academy with the cooperation of five Chinese calligraphers, including Mr. Su Shishu, Mr. Su Chengbo, Ms. Lu Hongyi, Ms. Fa Sutian, and Mr. Liang Ze created 16 creative calligraphy works in response to dialogues from 16 classic Hong Kong films. Quietly contemplate and reflect on the sincere and deep feelings hidden in these lines that are likely to resonate in the hearts of family, friends, and lovers.

Time:    10am - 6pm (Except for Mondays)
Place:    Exhibition Hall “The Vivid World of Chinese Characters” (1/F Block F, Middle Zone, Jao Tsung-I Academy)


“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 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: 1/F Block F, Middle Zone, Jao Tsung-I Academy (800 Castle Peak Road, Mei Foo, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Date: 15th Jan 2020 to 30th Jun 2020 (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 .5hours)  
Fee: HK$110 per student
Time slot: Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 12:30pm or 2pm – 4:30pm
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. 45mins) Saturday 11am – 11:45am 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.
Remarks The organizer will not be ultimately responsible if a participant has an accident or loss of valuables at an event due to personal negligence. Please note that schools can purchase suitable insurance as required.


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




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Activity Review

There was an enthusiastic response to the “Vivid World of Chinese Characters” Culture Experience Exhibition’s DIY hand-made experiences, theme-month events, reading clubs, school visits, group tours, and workshops.

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Exhibition Information

China Publication|Jao Tsung-I Academy

AER Culture|Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Ltd

Academic Support:
Commercial Press (HK) Cyberbooks Ltd|Chung Hwa Book Company (Hong Kong) Limited|
中國版協古籍出版工作委員會|清華大學美術學院書法研究所Supporting Organizations:





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