Palace Museum to add foreign relics hall

HANGZHOU, Dec. 9 — China’s Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is to renovate an unfinished Western-style “Hall of Water” into a hall for foreign cultural relics, according to the museum curator.
It will be the first foreign cultural relics exhibition hall in China, said Shan Jixiang, curator of the museum, at a seminar on Sunday.
Construction began on the “Hall of Water,” otherwise known as Yanxi Palace, or the Hall of Prolonging Happiness, in 1909 in the late Qing Dynasty — Director of the Palace MuseumShan Jixiang announced on December 8 that by the year 2020, which will mark the 600th birthday of the Palace Museum, the area available to the public will reach 76 percent. At that time, the overall relic restoration project of the imperial palace will be finished, and the western partof the palace which was resided mainly by the royal females will be open to the public.
According to Shan, when the Palace Museum started its renovation in 2002, the open area consisted of about 30 percent, now it’s at 52 percent, with an expected 76 percent to be opened in eight years. Full story[db:内容2]

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