Forbidden City to show special relics for 600th anniversary

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A series of special exhibitions featuring famous cultural relics will be shown in China's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, when the former imperial compound celebrates its 600th anniversary in 2020.

Some of its finest collections, including the masterpiece "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" by artist Zhang Zeduan from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), will be exhibited for the year.

Preservation work on the Palace Museum started in 2002, with the aim of maintaining the historical record of the ancient buildings to the greatest extent possible without changing the original look of the relics. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2020, and among the preservation and renovation projects of that year will be Yangxin Dian, or Hall of Mental Cultivation, which will also stage exhibitions on the maintenance process itself.

In recent years, the Palace Museum has increased outreach to the public with new products, exhibitions, educational resources and digital technology. The museum expects to exhibit 12 percent of its collections of cultural relics to the public in 2020.

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