MIND­FUL OF MOTH­ERS

The Palace Mu­seum will add nurs­ing rooms for moth­ers and a play area for chil­dren this sum­mer to add con­ve­nience for vis­i­tors

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - FRONT PAGE -

The Palace Mu­seum will open its first nurs­ing room this sum­mer. The nurs­ing room is lo­cated in the Qian­qing­men Plaza, at a

cor­ner close to the Long­zong Gate.

“There are [nurs­ing rooms] at air­ports and train sta­tions, so there should be some at the mu­se­ums too,” Shan Jix­i­ang, the cu­ra­tor of the Palace Mu­seum, said. “[There are] vis­i­tors car­ry­ing ba­bies. It takes a long time to visit the Palace Mu­seum; what if the chil­dren get hun­gry and the moth­ers want to rest?”

In ad­di­tion, it is not an easy place for moth­ers to breast­feed their ba­bies.

Once it was an­nounced that the nurs­ing rooms are set to be placed in the Qian­qing­men Plaza, Shan fur­ther ex­plained, “When peo­ple walk through the place, most of them will be tired. There is a back­yard be­hind it which will be made into a space for chil­dren that will have flow­ers, grass and play­ground fa­cil­i­ties. This way, chil­dren can eat some snacks, play and lis­ten to some sto­ries while their par­ents rest.”

While it is still un­der con­struc­tion, the fin­ished space will cover sev­eral hun­dred square me­ters and have in­de­pen­dent nurs­ing rooms.

This is not the first time that the Palace Mu­seum has made changes to bring more con­ve­nience to the mil­lions of vis­i­tors each year.

Ear­lier this year, the mu­seum added 1,750 well lids to cre­ate a smoother sur­face, added bar­rier-free struc­tures for the dis­abled and built 1,500 benches around the trees to pro­vide seats for vis­i­tors.

Also, af­ter re­search­ing the use of toi­lets be­tween male and fe­male vis­i­tors, the Palace Mu­seum amended the pro­por­tion of toi­lets to one male toi­let to ev­ery three women’s toi­lets.

All of th­ese ac­tions, in Shan’s opin­ion, are a man­age­ment revo­lu­tion.

“We are con­sid­er­ing if our work should cen­ter on our man­age­ment or on the con­ve­nience of vis­i­tors. If it is the lat­ter, ev­ery­thing can change,” Shan said.

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese me­dia re­ports, an av­er­age of 80,000 tourists vis­ited the Palace Mu­seum ev­ery day dur­ing this year’s May Day hol­i­days.

Photo: VCG

Nurs­ing rooms will open this sum­mer at the Palace Mu­seum to pro­vide vis­i­tors with chil­dren a place to rest.

Photo: VCG

Clock­wise from left: A crowd of vis­i­tors sat at the Palace Mu­seum.

Photo: VCG

The nurs­ing room at the Palace Mu­seum un­der con­struc­tion

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Vis­i­tors car­ry­ing chil­dren while on a tour at the Palace Mu­seum dur­ing the May Day hol­i­days.

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