The Embroidery of "Foremost Scholar Lane"
This richly ornamented, embroidered silk cloth was presented to Butterfield and Swire Ltd by a local
merchant and client of the company in 1906 to form the backdrop of a Bai San ceremony at new
wharves and godowns in Pak Hin Hok, Canton (now Guangzhou). This piece includes a number of
auspicious symbols and characters. The figures of the dragon and phoenix represent good luck and
success, while the cranes symbolise longevity. Perfectly preserved in Swire's headquarters in London
for nearly a century, the silk was returned to Hong Kong in 1997 and installed in Cityplaza One in