Palace museum opens new branch

Added On May 15, 2017

The Beijing-based Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, has opened a new branch on the resort island of Gulangyu in east China's Fujian Province.
Amongst the collection is a series of gifts and exchanges that China has received from other countries over the centuries.
Largely accessible to the public for the first time, the 219 foreign items on display come from as far away as France, Russia, Italy, and Japan.
They include snuff boxes imported from the West, fabric, furniture, and scientific instruments used in the Imperial Palace.
SOUNDBITE 1( English): LIN SUHAN, Conductor of the gallery
"Let's have look at this bird clock. In the Qing Dynasty, Chinese people liked to walk the birds like the western people walk the dogs. So the French clock maker combined the bird cage with the time pieces on the bottom. When the music is on, the birds will wave their heads and tails, also their mouth will be opened like they are singing the song."
The gallery is divided into six sections, including "Source of the Relics,""Models of Science," "Porcelain from Multiple Countries," "Palace Lifestyle," "Elegant Accessories," and "Exotic Lifestyle."
And thanks to Gulangyu's international heritage, the gallery feels that it is a good home to this collection.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Chinese): LI SHIJUAN, Vice chair of the gallery
"Gulangyu island was a window for foreign exchange between 18th and 19th centuries.  It has witnessed the communication between China and the other countries. So it is the perfect place to exhibit these foreign relics."