[FULL] Countries in Pictures – Travel Talk Series – THE MYSTERIOUS XI XIA EMPIRE by Mr. Vincent WONG
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Countries in Pictures – Travel Talk Series
Traveling to world’s ancient countries through talks and rich collections of pictures
THE MYSTERIOUS XI XIA EMPIRE by Mr. Vincent WONG
Xi Xia (西夏) was a Tangut-led Buddhist imperial dynasty which existed for 189 years between 1038 and 1227 AD during the time of the Liao, Jin and Song dynasties in China. The kingdom was mainly located in what is now southwest Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Gansu. Its territory included the Hexi Corridor, which is a key stretch of the Silk Road. Unfortunately, as most of its written records and architecture were destroyed and no official history was written, its existence was little known until study began in the 20th century. The findings so far are simply amazing. They were not only extremely good warriors but had also developed their own writing and made significant achievements in literature, art, music and architecture. Tangutology, which is the study of Xi Xia culture, is now being internationally recognised as an important branch in Asian studies. History aside, the scenery of the territory including wetland and deserts is very beautiful and unique.
Testimonials from participants of previous travel talks and study tours led by Vincent:
“I have learnt a lot on this subject!”
“Very comprehensive indeed. Thanks!”
“Very useful guide for my future trip!”
”Now what I have seen makes much more sense. Thank you!”
About the Speaker
Mr. Vincent WONG
‧ Graduated from HKU in physical Geography 1971
‧ MD Jardine Transport Services Group 1971-2000
‧ MD Kerry Logistics Group 2000-2009
‧ Fellow Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics
‧ Fellow Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers
‧ Lecturing Logistics as Adjunct Associate Professor at CUHK and Professor of Practice at PolyU.
‧ Visited over 100 countries including Antarctica, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Madagascar, Namibia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Iceland, Mexico, Galapagos, Mauritius, Easter Island, Chile, Ecuador, Canary Island, Azores Island plus many places in China such as Inner Mongolia and Qinghai. Acted as organiser and tour leader in many trips.
‧ Give talks regularly to members of the HK Geological Society and HK Mineralogy Society.
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