The Thirteen Hongs (sometimes known as factories) in Guangzhou were once the gateway through which China connected with the world, as well as the window through which the world got to know China. Although long gone from the city, the spirit of credibility, practicality, adventure and tolerance are still live on in Cantonese businesses.
‘The Thirteen Hongs’, was released at the ‘Day of Guangdong’ South China Documentary Symposium during the 2019 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC) on the morning of December 10th, 2019.
The release ceremony of ‘The Thirteen Hongs’ [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
A 4K ultra-high definition documentary series with seven episodes, ‘The Thirteen Hongs’ traces the remenants of the trading posts in Guangzhou under the single trading port system and probes into both the historical significance and influence of the Canton factories to economy, culture, art and many other aspects of modern day life in Guangzhou.
‘Kitty Thirteen’, a mascot from the documentary, narrates the tales of the Thirteen Hongs and stories about money. Young celebrities such as Chinese pop singer Cai Xukun have also lent their participation to the documentary talking about history through their own experiences.
Kitty Thirteen [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
It took the film crew fours years to produce this documentary, filming over 80 individuals across more than 30 cities and nine countries. Through this documentary, the crew hopes to inspire audiences, and young people in particular, to develop an affinity for this city’s meaningful and interesting history by telling its stories in a novel way.
The documentary series is scheduled to be aired on Guangdong Satellite TV, Macao Cable TV and Youku’s online video platform in mid or late December. Stay tuned.
Ng Chi Leong, the President of the Administrative Committee of Macao Foundation, Zheng Guangyao, CBO of Macao Cable TV, and Cai Fuqing, President of Guangdong Radio and Television attended the release ceremony.
Author: Monica Liu
Editor: Simon Haywood