Across China with Kura Pounamu and Te Papa

Huaxie and Te Papa crew. Photo Mark Kent. (c) Te Papa

Huaxie and Te Papa crew. Photo Mark Kent. (c) Te Papa

  After a successful 3 month season at the Liangzhu Museum Te Papas Touring Exhibition Kura Pounamu was ready to head off to it’s next venue at Guangdong Museum. Over two days the 1357 km journey would take Lisa Ward and Mark Kent through some of Chinas most spectacular scenery.  Mark has sent back his description of the travels of Kura Pounamu.

After bidding our farewells to our friends at Lanzhou Museum we headed head for our next destination the Guangdong. After many hours of travel we broke our journey overnight when the team spent the first evening at the river side city of Nanchang, where we got to experience some local Nanchang spicy dishes with the Huaxie transport and install crew.

Huaxie Truck. Photo Mark Kent. (c) Te Papa

Huaxie Truck. Photo Mark Kent. (c) Te Papa

We were on the road again the next morning at 6.30 am because we had  to exit Nanchang before the heavy truck no go zone came into force in the city at 7 am. We certainly got to know the back of this Huaxie truck (with the exhibition inside it) well over the two days as we followed it.

Once we arrive we have to wait for approvals before we can begin working on the exhibition. Each province requires customs inspections once the exhibition arrives at the venue, and only once we receive the Guangzhou customs clearance could we start to install the exhibition, but thats a story for another time.

Team Huaxie at the Guangdong Museum opening our crates. Photo Mark Kent (c) Te Papa

Team Huaxie at the Guangdong Museum opening our crates. Photo Mark Kent (c) Te Papa

2 Responses

  1. John B Turner

    What happened to the accompanying Brian Brake photography show that launched in Beijing? I note that you make no mention of it. Is it not touring as well?
    Kind Regards,
    John B. Turner,
    Beijing

    Reply
    • Pat Stodart

      Hi John,
      Quite right the Brian Brake Lens on China and New Zealand is not touring China, it was a special exhibition in Beijing marking 50 years of relations between China and New Zealand timed for the anniversary with images of the time in the two countrys. The Kura Pounamu show does still include Brain Brakes stunning photo of Milford Sound to illustrate the sources of Pounamu in Aotearoa.

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