The Lee Shau Kee Library at HKUST holds an impressive collection of Western maps, atlases and pictures of China and Asia drawn in the 16th to 19th Centuries.
These show not only how the knowledge of China by Western cartographers advanced with the growing trade and cultural exchanges between Europe and China but also how the maps themselves showed an increasing level of accuracy. Quite apart from documenting the topography of the region many of the maps bear artistic embellishments to portray the flora and fauna of the country and oceans to add to their attraction.
We shall depart promptly from outside Central Post office at 10:15 am, on Thursday 21 February and will be met at the Library at HKUSDT in Clearwater Bay at 11 where we will have a presentation by Dr. Marco Caboara, the Digital Scholarship and Archives Manager of the collection followed by a map study session. We will leave the Library at 12:30 pm to go by coach for lunch in Sai Kung (at members’ own expense). We anticipate returning to Central by 3:15 pm.