Unlike most travellers to China during this era, John Thomson was not a missionary, nor a government officer. He travelled to China as a professional photographer only a few decades after the invention of photography. In this talk, Betty Yao will follow Thomson’s footsteps, starting with his time in Hong Kong. She will look at the people and places he photographed. She will divulge the story, the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable through 150 years.