NGO do­nates 100 gold bricks to fix up For­bid­den City

Global Times - - Nation - By Liu Xin

A Chi­nese his­to­rian urged wider so­ci­ety to join in cul­tural preser­va­tion ef­forts on Tues­day af­ter a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion do­nated 100 gold bricks and 100 pieces of gold foil for repairs to the For­bid­den City.

Do­nated by the Tai Hu World Cul­tural Fo­rum, the bricks, foil and other ma­te­ri­als will aid the re­pair and preser­va­tion of key build­ings as well as pro­tect their val­ues, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Founded in 2008, Tai Hu is a na­tional non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes the de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese cul­ture and cross-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween China and for­eign coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to its web­site in­tro­duc­tion.

The For­bid­den City’s Palace Mu­seum di­rec­tor Shan Jix­i­ang said at the do­na­tion cer­e­mony on Mon­day that the do­na­tion was “a gift for the fu­ture” that would pre­serve key parts of the World Her­itage site for an­other 600 years, Xin­hua re­ported.

In an ef­fort to se­cure the con­di­tion of all the build­ings by 2020, the mu­seum has launched re­pair pro­grams, Xin­hua said.

Ev­ery her­itage build­ing in the For­bid­den City is unique, Shan was cited by Xin­hua as say­ing, and they needed to dig into the in­for­ma­tion of dif­fer­ent times to pre­serve the ma­sonry and crafts­man­ship with­out al­ter­ing the orig­i­nal state.

As a unique rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion and a trea­sured pos­ses­sion of the Chi­nese peo­ple, the For­bid­den City needs to be bet­ter pre­served and pro­tected, said Li Mingde, a for­mer vice pres­i­dent of the Bei­jing Tourism So­ci­ety.

There were, how­ever, many ob­sta­cles, he warned.

All the his­tor­i­cal relics must be re­paired with orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als and re­stored to their ini­tial sta­tus, which not only places high stan­dards on crafts­peo­ple but also on ma­te­ri­als, he said.

“Aside from gov­ern­ment ef­forts, more so­cial groups, in­clud­ing en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als could also play ac­tive parts in pro­tect­ing our trea­sured pos­ses­sion,” Li said.

Two com­pa­nies from Suzhou and Nan­jing in East China’s Jiangsu Prov­ince pro­duced the gold bricks and gold foils, Xin­hua re­ported.

En­ter­prises whose prod­ucts meet the high stan­dards for re­pair­ing his­tor­i­cal relics could earn fame for their qual­ity work­man­ship and also have their name re­mem­bered in his­tory, Li said.

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