Ip Wing-chi | Lee Mei-yin | Packy LaiTinny Cheng | Yip Shing-yiu

Ip Wing-chi

Ip Wing-chi is a renowned expert in Chinese tea and Yixing teapots with more than 30 years’ experience.

Ip Wing-chi founded the Lock Cha Tea Shop in 1991 and the Hong Kong Tea Academy in 2018, and is currently the director of the China Tea Science Society, a guest professor at the Zhejiang Shuren University, as well as consultant and judge for tea expos and cultural institutes. Ip Wing-chi has been awarded for his contribution to the Chinese tea industry.

Lee Mei-yin

Lee Mei-yin graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been  involved in Chinese cultural education and promotion for more than 30 years.

Her research includes Chinese ethnic minorities (history, textiles and accessories), Buddhist art, and Dunhuang culture and art, silk and embroidery (history and appreciation).

From 2000 to 2010, Lee Mei-yin was a lecturer at the Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education.

She is currently a special researcher at the Dunhuang Academy China, a council member of the China Dunhuang Grottoes Conservation Research Foundation, and the founding chairman of Friends of Dunhuang (Hong Kong) Limited where she serves as Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee. Lee Mei-yin is also an expert adviser on ancient Chinese antiques to the Hong Kong Museum and a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee.

Packy Lai

Calligraphy artist Packy Lai made her debut in 2016. Constantly exploring traditional culture, her works carry both traditional and contemporary elements while breaking with tradition by incorporating different mediums and styles.

Packy Lai’s creations have appeared in film and television, schools and shopping malls, and have been utilised in commercial fields such as banking and aviation. She has held several exhibitions in Hong Kong that have attracted over 10,000 visitors and her works have been collected by famous celebrities.

In 2017, Packy Lai founded the Art House Oriental at PMQ, and was awarded the title of Smart Woman of the Year by Ming's magazine in 2016.

Tinny Cheng

Tinny Cheng is an arts and cultural journalist and founder of The Culturist – a Chinese language online platform for the promotion of arts and culture.

She has over 11 years’ experience covering arts and culture for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Apple Daily, where she has her own column ‘Tasting Apple’. Before becoming an arts journalist, Tinny Cheng was a business reporter for 7 years and has also practised Chinese ink painting for over 10 years. She is the Chinese editor of Culture Express, and author of The Family Stories of Yangtzekiang Garment and The Art of Yuen Tai-yung, and co-author of Pak Suet-sin: A Life on stage.

Yip Shing-yiu

Yip Shing-yiu graduated from the Hong Kong University Faculty of Medicine, and is one of Hong Kong’s most renowned collectors of Ming furniture.

After working in the USA, Yip Shing-yiu returned to practice in Hong Kong in 1965. Influenced by his uncle, he became interested in antiques, and in 1975 he inherited his uncle’s collection of ancient jade and calligraphy.

In 1988, Yip Shing-yiu started studying and collecting Ming furniture, acquiring 68 collection in just three years and was one the world’s most prolific collector at that time. His collection previously numbered 200 pieces, and he currently has more than 100.