Giant Rubber Duck Meets Public at China's Old Imperial Palace
   2013-09-26 14:52:17    Xinhua      Web Editor: Fu Yu

The giant rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is seen on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 26, 2013. After an 18-day show at the International Garden Expo Park in the city, the inflatable sculpture will stay at the Summer Palace until Oct. 26. [Photo: Xinhua]

An 18-meter-tall rubber duck will taste a touch of ancient Beijing at the Summer Palace on Thursday.

After its 18-day show at the International Garden Expo Park in the city, the duck, the brainchild of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was reinflated on Kunming Lake within the royal palace in northwest Beijing.

It will be on display until Oct. 26.

Made with over 200 pieces of rubber, the duck is part of activities that prelude Beijing Design Week, which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3.

"Not only children like it. The core value of the rubber duck is to bring back childlike innocence to us, especially weary adults," said Zeng Hui, deputy head of the Beijing Design Week organization committee.

Nicknamed by Chinese fans as "giant yellow duck," the exhibition attracted many visitors to the expo park. During Sept. 19 to 21, China's Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, 196,000 visitors went to see the duck, according to organizers.

Before arriving in Beijing, the rubber duck traveled to 13 cities in nine countries.

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