|Aug.21,2018--On August 9, a graduation ceremony was held for 13 students from Hong Kong who had participated in the "Junior Thangka Artists Class" at the Regong Painting Institute in Tongren County, northwest China's Qinghai Province, marking a successful completion for the 2018 "Thangka Workshop", an inland internship program for junior artists.
Tongren County in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, is also called "Regong", or "the Golden Valley". It has the reputation as the "home of Tibetan painting" in China. Here, thangka painting, which leads the Regong arts, was included in the Representative List of Human Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2009.
"Thangka is not very common in Hong Kong, so it is a special privilege to be able to exhibit my paintings in Hong Kong alongside the works of Master Nyangben. At the same time, more Hong Kong citizens can learn about thangka art," Zhang Jiayu, a junior in the Art Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said.
"There are many Buddhists in Hong Kong, and they must be interested if thangka paintings would come to the exhibition."
Nyangben, director of the Regong Painting Institute, said that cultural exchanges have a great effect on young people. By actually experiencing the painting, they will be able to understand the thangka painting skills of Qinghai and understand the profound power of Chinese culture.