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Field Trip: A Visit to the Historic Jao Tsung-I Academy and the HSBC Archives with Lunch

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019
11.15 am to 4.30 pm
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The RGS is pleased to arrange a combined tour of the historic Jao Tsung-I Academy and the fascinating HSBC Archives.

The first tour takes place at the Jao Tsung-I Academy, named after a renowned master of Chinese culture.  The buildings that form the academy are the earliest examples of housing in Hong Kong, built by the British as dwellings for Chinese labourers.  Since then the site has served as quarantine station, a prison, a hospital and a rehabilitation centre.

The complex located in Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon has seen over 130 years of change and is now a listed historic building.  Before the surrounding land was reclaimed, the site was originally next to the sea and in the late 19th century, the government of the Qing dynasty set up a customs station at this location.  Visitors can view the buildings and galleries displaying the works of Jao Tsung-I including his calligraphy and paintings.  

A two course lunch is then going to be served in the onsite restaurant with tea or coffee followed by transport to the HSBC offices in Olympic. 

The HSBC archive tour begins with its Archives Gallery which presents the story of HSBC's rich and eventful heritage in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific.  On display are rare objects, virtual galleries and interactive displays.  This is the most important corporate archive in Hong Kong and provides a fascinating opportunity to learn about the bank's contributions to Hong Kong and the people who have shaped HSBC as we know it today.

After the gallery, there is a rare chance to go 'behind the scenes' into the Repository to learn about the inner workings of an archive and see more examples of archive materials and artworks. 

11:15    Meet at City Hall Central
11:30    Coach to Jao Tsung-I Academy in Lai Chi Kok
12:00    Tour of Jao Tsung-I Academy
13:00    Lunch
14:00    Coach to the HSBC Archives in Olympic
14:30    Tour of HSBC Archives Gallery and Repository
16:00    Depart HSBC in Olympic
16:30    Arrive at City Hall, Central

Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$380 for Members and HK$480 for their guests.

In view of the limited places, early booking is advised. To reserve places, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and state how many places you would like to reserve. You'll then receive from the RGS booking instructions, a booking form and detailed joining instructions. Please note that this field trip must be pre-booked. 

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