Our morning begins with a visit to the Macao Art Museum's special exhibition, 'Noble Virtuosity: Imperial Jades of the Qing Dynasty' with Professor Jenny So. This exhibition is the major highlight of the annual MAM series of exhibitions, showcasing 134 items of Qing imperial jade from the Palace Museum.
After the guided tour, we will lunch at The Eight, a 2 star Michelin restaurant with delectable Chinese dishes.
In the afternoon, Dr. Francisco Pinheiro of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau will take us on a walk through some of the city's historical buildings, such as São Domingos, San Kia Vui Kun Temple (near St Domingos Market) and the Cathedral. He will explain the historical function and design of the squares opposite these churches. We will take the 5:15 p.m. ferry back to Hong Kong.
Professor Jenny So received her Ph.D from Harvard University in 1982. She is an art historian specializing in ancient Chinese bronzes and jades. Before returning to Hong Kong, she was Senior Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C. She joined the Department of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001, lecturing on the history of Chinese jades, Chinese bronzes and Methodology in Art-historical studies, as well as supervising M. Phil. and Ph.D students. Professor So is also past Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies.
Dr. Francisco Pinheiro obtained his Ph.D at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 2006. He works as a technical advisor at Macao’s Municipal and Civic Bureau (IACM). He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and part-time lecturer at the Tourism Formation School (IFT). He worked in several historical rehabilitation projects and research in Macao, China and in Portugal. Some of these sites were included by UNESCO as part of Macau World Heritage. His current research interest is in comparative history analysis: Roman-Han Civilization, Portuguese-Chinese, and East-West Culture.