country today, is not only about infrastructure development,” said Ng Chee Siong, head of real estate conglom
erate Sino Group, who founded the charity foundation. “It will promote international cultural communication as well.
“As a holder of that spirit of ancient Chinese fine arts and thoughts, the Palace Museum is such a key platform to promote Chinese culture for the whole world.”
Ng is the eldest son of Ng Teng Fong, the late Singaporean tycoon with a m
ajor presence in Hong Kong. The foundation has spent about 1.9 billion yuan on char
ity programs on healthcare, education, cultural heritage conservation and environmental protection.
Hong Kong philanthropists have long cooperated with the Palace Museum. Chan Chi-chun
g sponsored the reconstruction of the Palace of Established Happiness (Jianfu Gong) wh
ich was completed in 2006. The original architecture was destroyed by a fire in 1923.
Chan bestowed 100 million yuan for the ongoing renovation of the Hall of Mental Cultivation (Yangxin Dian), residence of the la
st eight emperors in the Forbidden City. Another entrepreneur, Hui Wing Mau, donated 80 million yuan for the sam
e project. Hui also spent 130 million buying a lost Ming Dynasty painting and donated it to the museum in 2017.