Yuanmingyuan Marks Looting Anniversary
    2010-10-18 20:18:37     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yihang
 

The scenic Dashuifa in Yuanmingyuan is lit up on the eve of Oct. 16, 2010.  A series of commemoration activities are held in Yuanmingyuan in the northwest of Beijing on Monday, October 18th, 2010, marking the 150th anniversary of the looting of the imperial garden. [Photo: yahoo.com]

A large evening party, held at the Dashuifa of Yuanmingyuan this evening, marks the 150th anniversary of the looting of the imperial garden in the northwest of Beijing.

Exhibitions are also open to the public as part of a series of activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the looting.

Chen Mingjie, the director of the Yuanmingyuan management department, said, "Most of the 150 exhibited repaired relics have never been open to the public before, including porcelains, jades, statues, musical instruments, stone cuttings and azure stones, which were made during the reigns of Qing Emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong."

A half-length bronze statue of French writer Victor Hugo was unveiled on Oct. 16th to memorialize the 150th looting anniversary. "To Captain Butler," a letter written by Hugo to condemn the British and French troops, who pillaged and burned Yuanmingyuan in 1860, is carved in the base of the statue.

Other activities will include Sino-foreign culture exchanges and even a soiree, and will last through the end of this month.


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