Pirates of the South China Sea: Chasing Cheung Po Tsai and the Port Cities
Long Gallery, Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Central Ferry Pier No. 8 ,Man Kwong Street,
Central, Hong Kong
Apr 28, 2017 To Oct 08, 2017
Detail: This exhibition will explore the development of ports and early trade routes in the South China Sea during the 16th to 20th centuries. It will provide a fresh angle on maritime history with its narrative through the eyes of pirates, with a focus on Hong Kong, then Pearl Delta River and Southern China. By exploring the locations of pirate bases such as those of Cheung Po Tsai, the exhibition will begin by tracing the development of China’s ports and trading routes from the Ming to the Qing dynasties.
The exhibition will also shed light on the evolution of shipbuilding technologies within the context of sea piracy in the South China Sea during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It will show how shipbuilding technologies and piracy were inter-influential; shipbuilding technologies were improved in order to enhance maritime safety while at the same time, the tactics of pirate attacks were influenced to counter these technological innovations.
In addition, this exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of the multiple concepts of piracy relative to time, place, and culture. For example, Zheng Zhilong and Zheng Changgong were considered to be pirates in the eyes of the Qing government.However, they were feted as heroes within the communities of Fujian.