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Gallery: Tiny yet incredibly detailed models of Hong Kong life
Artists produce meticulous dioramas that capture the city's cultural highlights and residential lows
Experiencing all of Hong Kong's cultural offerings -- the good and the bad -- in a single visit is impossible.
Who has time to hit the bun festival, see a fire dragon dance and study the history of Hong Kong’s squatter houses all in one afternoon?
An alternative is to head for Hong Kong's "Miniature Exhibition," which features 70 tiny scenes by 28 local and overseas artists from Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan at Maritime Square in Tsing Yi.
The details in each diorama are impressive, offering up-close snapshots of a Hong Kong most tend to overlook.
There's Tai Hang’s fire dragon dance, a display of traditional cellophane lanterns hanging outside an incense store, a Chinese opera scene with bamboo stages and an action-packed bun-snatching competition -- a highlight of the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival.
In addition to the festive models, the exhibition also pays tribute to the varied housing structures that have appeared in Hong Kong throughout history.
For instance, back in the 1950s, Mount Davis was a squatter area for Chinese refugees. The exhibition's miniature model portrays the daily lives of its residents.
Other examples of public housing, including the city's rooftop squatters, are also on display.
One of the highlights is “Caged Homes.” This piece features three men living in one of Hong Kong's notoriously tiny living cages. A 625-square-foot (58-square-meter) flat can house 18 cage homes, occupied by those who cannot afford the city's high rents.
Miniature Exhibition, April 1-May 12, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 1/F, Maritime Square, Tsing Yi MTR Station, Hong Kong
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