Hong Kong Art Week and Guangzhou

Encompassing Art Basel in Asia, Art Central and other art events, Hong Kong Art Week has become a ‘not-to-missed’ artfest for artists, dealers, critics, curators, collectors and art lovers alike.

The big show in town is, of course, Art Basel Hong Kong. But it is now joined by an edgy new sibling, Art Central, which features over 100 contemporary art galleries from around the world showcasing the next generation of big names in art. Hong Kong’s art scene is further enhanced with the September 2016 opening of M+ Pavilion, the first permanent facility in the fast developing West Kowloon Cultural District.

A short train ride from Hong Kong takes you to Guangzhou and the Zaha Hadid-designed Opera House, the catalyst for the development of new cultural facilities in one of China’s lesser-appreciated art cities.

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This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.

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Tour arrangements begin with late-morning Qantas flights ex-Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Hong Kong. Late afternoon arrival in Hong Kong and transfer to your hotel conveniently located in Kowloon.

This evening, join Ron for a welcome cocktail and light refreshments in the hotel bar.

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Get to know the history of Kowloon with a guided walk along Hong Kong’s historic harbour front, featuring well-known Hong Kong landmarks such as the old Railway Clock tower, 1881 Heritage and the Peninsula Hotel. Continue through the back streets and lively markets of Kowloon.

Following a welcome lunch at Hutong Restaurant, the afternoon is free until the evening VIP Preview of Art Central. Now in its third edition, Art Central showcases the next generation of talent from some of the most established galleries across Asia and the globe, alongside a dynamic programme of ambitious installations, engaging panel discussions and experimental film.

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Spend the morning exploring Hong Kong’s vibrant art scene in the well-established Central Art District and further afield in the burgeoning artistic hub of Chai Wan.

This evening you are invited to the VIP Preview of Art Basel Hong Kong, firmly established as Asia’s premier art fair, showcasing the latest developments in art from across Asia as well as the best from the West. Some 250 galleries are expected to participate in six show sectors:

  • Galleries: this is the main section, to which galleries bring their top works
  • Discoveries:representing emerging artists and galleries from all over the world
  • Insights:brings the works of galleries and their artists from the broader Asian market
  • Encounters:open to any gallery not included in the other three sectors
  • Magazines:magazines from art publications from around the world will be displayed
  • Film: a 3-day program by and about artists

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Morning visit to M+ Pavilion, perched at the tip of Kowloon in a verdant park overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The first permanent exhibition venue in Hong Kong’s new West Kowloon Cultural District , M+ Pavilion opened on 9 September, 2016 with the exhibition Nothing by the acclaimed Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-Wah, M+ Pavilion will serve as the primary site for M+ exhibitions in the run-up to the 2019 completion of Hong Kong’s exciting new museum of contemporary art, design, architecture as well as film, video and new media.

After lunch at a local restaurant, this afternoon is at leisure for a second visit to Art Central and Art Basel Hong Kong. Subject to performance schedules, this evening it may be possible to attend a concert or opera or ballet at the Hong Kong Arts Centre (not included in tour price, additional cost applies).

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Transfer to Hong Kong Hung Hom Railway Station for a morning train (2 hr) to Guangzhou East Railway Station (2 hr).

Historically referred to as ‘Canton’, Guangzhou’s strategic location on the Pearl River and as a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, has led to its leading position as a major port and transportation hub in the vast and rich southern province of Guangdong. Often overlooked as an art centre, Guangzhou has set about its cultural redevelopment in the past decade with a series of architecturally significant buildings such as Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House, the carved box-shaped Guangdong Museum of Art (Rocco Design Architects, HK) and the iconic Canton TV Tower skyscraper, resembling a thin hourglass.

On arrival, drive into the Yuexiu District, the heart of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, followed by the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, which houses a rich collection of ancient funerary objects. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel.

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Enjoy a full day of exciting contemporary art and architecture! Begin with a visit to the Guangdong Museum of Art, one of four major cultural landmark buildings for the city which opened in 2010. The museum hosts a variety of exhibitions, from an in-depth focus on contemporary art to large scale exhibitions devoted to established artists such as British sculptor, Henry Moore. Recently, the Guangdong Museum of Art initiated a Triennial Exhibition of contemporary art, both Chinese and international.

After lunch continue to the Times Museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Alain Fouraux. This daring and often controversial museum holds changing exhibitions on challenging modern themes. Later, visit a selection of the city’s smaller galleries presenting local artists.

Tonight, enjoy a performance (opera, ballet or concert) at the Guangzhou Opera House. Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the building houses a 1,800-seat theatre plus 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall. Performance schedules announced approx. 3 months in advance.

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Enjoy a morning at leisure until checkout at midday.

Drive a short distance out of Guangzhou to Baomo Garden. Built at the end of the Qing Dynasty, Baomo Garden is a fine example of Lingnan architecture and garden design. Following a special farewell lunch, enjoy a couple of hours to explore this vast park which incorporates classical architecture, gardens, landscape and water so that the whole layout presents the traditional Chinese humanistic belief of the “harmonious union of God and man”.

Late afternoon transfer to Guangzhou International Airport for China Southern / Qantas flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane departing at 9.00 pm. Overnight in flight.

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Morning arrival Australia.

Per person, twin-share

AUD 5,250

Single supplement*

AUD 700

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 500

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final Payment due

19 January 2017

Tour code

AG1713

Fitness level

Moderate
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.

Airline

Qantas / China Southern

Visa

Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for Hong Kong. All foreigners require a visa for China. Renaissance Tours will assist you for your Chinese visa application (AUD110 per person).

Tour price includes

  • Return economy flights ex-SYD/MEL/BNE on Qantas / China Southern (upgrade to Business Class available on request)
  • Accommodation in centrally located superior four-star hotels with daily breakfast (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner, C=cocktails). Wines with meals
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • First class train Hong Kong – Guangzhou
  • Transfers on arrival and departure (if travelling on suggested group flights)
  • VIP entrance to Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Transfers on arrival and departure (if not travelling on suggested group flights)
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

 

Your hotels****+
Hong Kong – Sheraton Hotel and Towers
Guangzhou – The China Hotel, a Marriott Hotel

NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted