Dear Colleagues and Students,

“Tartary” from Marco Polo to the Enlightenment – Maps of Eastern Central Asia from the 15th to the 18th Century

Guided Tours

Dates & Times: Feb 7 (Tue): 12 noon – 1 pm
Feb 15 (Wed): 1 – 2 pm
(2 identical tours)
Venue: The Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce Ko Pui Shuen Gallery, 1/F
Language: English
Registration: Library Event Registration
HLTH1010 Event: Students may attain 1-hour credit for the Lifestyle Course after taking the Tour


About the Exhibition and Tours

The exhibition ( features over 40 antique maps and books from the Library Special Collections. They offer stunning visions of China and Central Asia spanning three hundred years of European cartography (15th to 18th centuries).

At Marco Polo’s time (13th Century), the Silk Road was under the control of the Mongols (known in Europe as “Tartars”). Central Asia and Northern China (Cathay) were therefore known as “Tartary”. The term was used until the 1750. When the Kangxi Emperor solicited the help of Jesuit scientists to compile a large Atlas of “Greater China”, the “modern” era of western mapping of China was born.

Dr Marco Caboara, Library’s Digital Scholarship and Archives Manager and curator of the exhibition, will present the Guided Tours. He will introduce the exhibits and describe their distinctive features.

We look forward to seeing you !


HKUST Library

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