24 February 2005 (Thursday)
HKBU's unique Penjing garden opens to public
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held a ceremony today (24 February) to mark the relocation of its Man Lung Garden, the only Penjing garden of scale in local tertiary institutions, to the Kam Shing Road Entrance of its Ho Sin Hang Campus.
The new location of the Penjing garden, exquisite and spacious, is more accessible to Penjing (traditional Chinese pot plant) viewers, allowing even passers-by to stop by to enjoy the relaxing and peaceful feelings that the art of Penjing presents.
Its existing collection of more than 30 pots of Penjing, including Chinese Elm, Common Jasmine Orange, Black Pine, Maple, Chinese Hackberry and Snow Rose, are all in the Lingnan School of Penjing style. They were donated by Dr. Wu Yee-sun, founder of Wing Lung Bank, who is widely acclaimed as the Sage of Penjing, the Sha Tin Bonsai Association, and the Hong Kong Bonsai International Society.
Today's ceremony was officiated by Dr. Michael Wu, Secretary of Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation, and Professor Ng Ching-fai, President & Vice-Chancellor of HKBU.
In his speech, Professor Ng expressed his gratitude to Dr. Wu Yee-sun and his family for their steadfast support to the University. He also thanked the Sha Tin Bonsai Association, the Hong Kong Bonsai International Society and Professor Patrick Lau, renowned architect and designer of the new Penjing garden, for their support and valuable advice.
The Man Lung Garden, the first of its kind within the confines of a local tertiary institution, was set up on the HKBU campus in 2000, thanks to the donation of 20 pots of Penjing by Dr. Wu Yee-sun. The Wu Yee Sun Charitable Foundation also made a donation of HK$2 million for the promotion of Penjing, the ancient art of Chinese pot plants that dates back over 1,700 years.
Since its opening in July 2000, the Man Lung Garden, which was temporarily located on the University's Shaw Campus, has been an ideal place for fostering fellowship and study because of its serene and beautiful environment. Among its many visitors were members of the public who are interested in appreciating and understanding the art of Penjing. Upon completion of the new site for the Garden, Dr. Wu donated seven more pots of Penjing to enrich the species of Penjing on display.