Talk on “The Age of Voyages in China – Marine Story from Historical Figures”
A talk on “The Age of Voyages in China – Marine Story from Historical Figures”, co-organized by Maritime Silk Road Society and Savantas Policy Institute, was held on 30 January. The speaker was Mr Liang Erping, Academic Director of Ocean Art Research Center of Shenzhen University.
“The Age of Voyages began in the late 15th century and lasted into the early years of the 16th century. The period is characterized as a time when Europeans began exploring the world by opening new routes across the Atlantic Ocean to America, new routes along Africa to India, and achieving the first circumnavigation of the globe. However, the Age of Voyages also took place in China, and had started with marine historical figures,” Mr Liang highlighted.
Less-known stories of marine history were shared in the talk, which enabled participants to gain a fresh insight into two thousand years of maritime history through historical paintings.
The seminar was held at HKUST Business School Central and was attended by around 50 guests.
Brief Biography of Mr Liang Erping
Mr Liang is a veteran journalist, senior editor, columnist, oceanic culture scholar, and Academic Director of Ocean Art Research Center of Shenzhen University. Since 1980s, Mr Liang has visited various provinces in China and over 30 counties, and written some books on travelling. From 2000, he has focused on oceanic culture. He is also an author of several books covering marine history and geography. He has published several volumes of essays, some of which were translated to other languages and introduced to other countries and regions.