The University organised its first Historian-in-Residence Programme with Dr Joseph Ting, former Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History, as its first Historian-in-Residence.


Dr Ting has delivered two lectures on “Merchants on the Waves: Vietnam’s trading ties with countries along the Maritime Silk Roads” and “Merchants on the Sands: Different faiths along the Xinjiang section of the Silk Road” and led PolyU students on expeditions to understand the trading environment in Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam, as well as to explore the important religious sites in Turpan, Karasahr and Kuqa of Xinjiang respectively.


An exhibition was also held, featuring the animated map “Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor” and the “Chronology of Notable Events along the Silk Road” lent to the University by the Hong Kong Museum of History.