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China's National Museum reopens


Published on Mar 5, 2012

Official relaunch for Tiananmen Square attraction following three-year renovation...

The National Museum of China reopened late last week following an extensive, three-year renovation project. According to China's state news agency Xinhua, the Beijing museum has been undergoing a period of trial operations following the CNY2.5 billion (US$397 million) expansion and enhancement project, but following a grand ceremony in Thursday it has now fully reopened. The museum now covers nearly 200,000m2 and houses more than 1.2 million cultural relics and artworks. New features include 48 large exhibition halls, a theatre, conference hall and broadcasting studio, as well as souvenir ships, cinemas and restaurants. The renovated National Museum of China has become a major destination for visitors to the Chinese capital, said the museum's Curator, Lu Zhangshen.

The complex, originally occupied by the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution, on the eastern side of Tiananmen Square, first opened in 1959 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The National Museum of China was established in 2003 following the merger of the two museums. Over the past year of trial operations, the museum has held more than 50 large-scale exhibitions, academic seminars and symposiums, attracting more than 4.1 million visitors.

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