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China's lost treasure returns home

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Added On December 2, 2020

It is the first time that a lost important cultural relic from the Old Summer Palace returned to and housed at its original location after being repatriated from overseas. The twelve animal head sculptures once formed a zodiac water clock, built by the emperor of the Qing Dynasty. The originals were looted from the royal garden by Anglo-French allied forces in 1860 during the Second Opium War. The bronze horse head was donated by Macao billionaire Stanley Ho to the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA). An exhibition commemorating the return of the horse head has kicked off at the temple, displaying about 100 items including relics and photographs.