Ex­pan­sion plans for Palace Mu­seum

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (Xin­hua)

THE Palace Mu­seum, one of the world’s most vis­ited tourist at­trac­tions, launched an ex­pan­sion project yes­ter­day in Haid­ian Dis­trict of Bei­jing.

The ex­pan­sion is the core part of a ma­jor cul­tural ren­o­va­tion pro­gram cal­cu­lated to en­hance Palace Mu­seum’s ca­pac­ity in ex­hibit­ing and con­serv­ing cul­tural her­itage.

The on-site ge­o­log­i­cal sur­vey­ing and arche­o­log­i­cal prospect­ing also kicked off at the ex­pan­sion project, lit­er­ally known as the “north sec­tion project of the Palace Mu­seum.”

The north sec­tion project will cover an area of 62 hectares, where ex­hi­bi­tion halls, cul­tural her­itage con­ser­va­tion work­shops, ware­houses and other fa­cil­i­ties tak­ing up 102,000 square me­ters will be built.

When the north sec­tion project is fin­ished, the ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas there are ex­pected to dis­play more ex­hibits than the mu­seum housed in the For­bid­den City at the heart of Bei­jing.

Ac­cord­ing to Shan Jix­i­ang, the cu­ra­tor of the mu­seum, con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion of cul­tural her­itage will be the most im­por­tant func­tion of the north sec­tion upon its com­ple­tion, and the process of con­ser­va­tion will be shown to the pub­lic.

The Palace Mu­seum’s gen­eral plan for ren­o­va­tion, ap­proved by the State Coun­cil in 2013, has listed seven items for con­struc­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the Palace Mu­seum will build a new un­der­ground ware­house to pro­tect relics in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment with cus­tom hu­mid­ity and tem­per­a­ture set­tings. The new stor­age area is ex­pected to be fin­ished in 2020 when the Palace Mu­seum cel­e­brates its 600th an­niver­sary. An un­der­ground pas­sage will also be built to con­nect the two ex­ist­ing ware­houses.

Home to the royal court between 1420 and 1912, the For­bid­den City now houses more than 1.8 mil­lion col­lec­tions of cul­tural relics.

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