Full use of collections ‘win-win’
When Chinese mariner Zheng He led his fleet on several global expeditions during the Ming Dynasty (13681644), Fuzhou was his port of choice before setting off on long voyages.
“From here, our predecessors sailed afar to build a maritime road connecting the East and West,” said Wang Chunfa, director of the National Museum of China and president of the executive council of the museum alliance.
“The Belt and Road Initiative turns a new page to inherit their spirit,” the director said.
“We’re thus called to have a more inclusive attitude and more open minds to make full use of our respective collections to create a win-win situation,” he added.
Guan Qiang, deputy head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, said “more results are expected”.
“The alliance creates a wide platform for museums to have closer cooperation in terms of exhibition exchange, academic research and museum management among others,” Guan said.
Guan cited many achievements made in recent years through joint between China and Belt and Road-related countries like Kenya, India, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.
A panda doesn’t have to work hard to draw a crowd of visitors at the Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden in Haikou, Hainan province, on Sunday. The park introduced new arrivals named Gonggong and Shunshun, both aged 5, to visitors over the weekend.