The Oral Legacies: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong Exhibition

Exhibition Hall, Sam Tung Uk Museum
24 February 2016 - 11 December 2017


Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Organised by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office


As a result of three successful applications by the Hong Kong SAR Government to the Ministry of Culture, ten local intangible cultural heritage (ICH) items are on the national list of ICH, thereby confirming their historical and cultural value. The ten items include:
Cantonese opera, herbal tea, Cheung Chau Jiao Festival, Tai O dragon boat water parade, Yu Lan Festival of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow community, Tai Hang fire dragon dance, the arts of the Guqin (the craft of Qin making), Quanzhen temples Taoist ritual music, Hakka unicorn dance in Hang Hau, Sai Kung, Wong Tai Sin belief and customs
They cover the areas such as performing arts, rituals, festive events, traditional craftsmanship, and represent the efforts of different local communities in passing on their customs and traditions. This exhibition will feature the ten local items being inscribed on China's national list of ICH. We hope that an in-depth understanding of these ICH items would lead to a stronger sense of cultural identity within the community.



1. Cantonese Opera
2. Herbal Tea
3. Cheung Chau Jiao Festival
4. Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade
5. The Yu Lan Festival of the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Community
6. Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
7. The Arts of the Guqin (The Craft of Qin Making)
8. Quanzhen Temples Taoist Ritual Music
9. The Hakka Unicorn Dance in Hang Hau, Sai Kung
10. Wong Tai Sin Belief and Customs