A three-year renovation of the Imperial Palace Museum in northeast China's Jilin Province has been completed, where Japan's puppet emperor of "Manchuguo" state lived in the1930s and 1940s.
The museum will open to the public on August 15, the local government announced yesterday.
It will accommodate 5,000 visitors a day and up to 1 million a year by 2005.
Aisin-gioro Pu Yi, the "emperor," once lived in the palace as the regime was installed in northeast China by the Japanese between 1932 and 1945.
He was also the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911),which was overthrown by the 1911
The palace is testimony to Japanese aggression. Japanese troops invaded and occupied "The royal site is irreplaceable to Changchun either as an important education base or a distinctive scenic spot," Director of the Imperial Palace Museum
The government ploughed 600 million yuan (US$72.5 million) into the renovation works, of which 200 million yuan (US$24 million) went into building work and collecting artifacts, and 400 million yuan (US$48.3 million) was spent on clearing surrounding companies and residents and improving the environment.
With a target of renovating the original appearance of the palace, the first two stages of renovation had already been successively completed in July last year.
In the 1990s, the entire ground area of the exhibition hall was only 1.24 million square meters, less than 10 percent of its original scale.
(China Daily August 11, 2004)