Mu­se­ums urged to ex­pand cul­tural pro­tec­tion role

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG KAIHAO in Ho­hhot and LIU XIAORUI in Bei­jing

The im­por­tance of mu­se­ums play­ing a big­ger role in cul­tural her­itage and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion was high­lighted by a se­nior cul­tural of­fi­cial on Wed­nes­day.

A mu­seum should be a cen­ter to il­lus­trate its sur­round­ing cul­tural her­itage sites, ac­cord­ing to Liu Yuzhu, di­rec­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cul­tural Her­itage.

“Lo­cal peo­ple’s aware­ness of the ori­gins of their com­mon val­ues can also be raised in this way.”

Liu spoke at the Inner Mongolia Mu­seum in Ho­hhot, cap­i­tal of the Inner Mongolia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, at the main event in China mark­ing the 40th In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day.

China had 4,692 reg­is­tered mu­se­ums by the end of last year, 182 more than the pre­vi­ous year, and 23.7 per­cent of them are pri­vate mu­se­ums, a year-on-year rise of 1.9 per­cent.

The slo­gan for In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day is “Mu­se­ums and Cul­tural Land­scapes,” which Liu said em­pha­sizes the im­por­tance of mu­se­ums play­ing a greater part in pro­tect­ing her­itage and the en­vi­ron­ment.

More than 20,000 ex­hi­bi­tions are held in Chi­nese mu­se­ums ev­ery year, at­tract­ing about 700 mil­lion vis­i­tors.

Last year, one of the coun­try’s top ex­hi­bi­tions,Pre­cious Col­lec­tion of the Stone Moat, at the Palace Mu­seum, at­tracted wide pub­lic at­ten­tion. A dis­play at the Cap­i­tal Mu­seum of cul­tural relics un­earthed from the tomb of the Mar­quis of Hai­hun also drew the crowds.

“When so many vis­i­tors take flights and trains from other cities just to see a mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tion, cul­tural her­itage has be­come a fo­cus in our so­ci­ety,” Liu said.

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JIANG DONG / CHINA DAILY

Kunqu Opera artists per­form ThePeonyPav­il­ion at the Palace Mu­seum in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day. The per­for­mance was part of the mu­seum’s cel­e­bra­tions for the 40th In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day.

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