Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yuanmingyuan, Beijing's Old Summer Palace marks 150 anniversary of looting

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Monday 10-18-2010 marks the 150th anniversary of looting of Yuanmingyuan, Beijing's Old Summer Palace. More than 85 pieces of once-lost stone carvings will be exhibited in the imperial garden.

Most of the items, including stone screens and fountains, were voluntarily returned by individuals and institutions. Another 57 pieces of repaired cultural relics can also be seen.  

Yuanmingyuan was pillaged and burned by British Anglo-French forces in 1860. This exhibition is one of the events organized by the Haidian District Government of Beijing to mark the anniversary. Others, including Sino-foreign culture exchanges and an evening party, will last through the end of the month.


Monday marks the 150th anniversary of looting of Yuanmingyuan, Beijing's
Old Summer Palace. More than 85 pieces of once-lost stone carvings will be
exhibited in the imperial garden.

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China's old Summer Palace exhibits stone carvings to mark looting anniversary
BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Visitors can see more than 85 pieces of beautiful stone carvings exhibited at Yuanmingyuan, or the old Summer Palace, Sunday to mark Monday's 150 anniversary of the looting of the imperial garden in the northwest of Beijing.  For More >>


Visitors can see more than 85 pieces of beautiful stone carvings
exhibited at Yuanmingyuan, or the old Summer Palace, Sunday to mark
Monday's 150 anniversary of the looting of the imperial garden in
the northwest of Beijing.

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Movie: Yuanmingyuan - Garden of Gardens
Under Five Emperors of 150 years' constructing, Yuanming Yuan (The Old Summer Palace) became the largest and most luxurious royal garden in Qing Dynasty, which was regarded as the "real garden of all gardens".  Detail >>

1 comment:

richard said...

The barbaric acts committed by British-French soldiers during the 2nd Opium Wars and the aggressive Western's Eight-Power Allied Forces against China! These were and are their human rights if any.

Yuanmingyuan is renowned throughout the world for its fabled charms and association with Chinese modern history. Extolled as the "Garden of Gardens" and the "Versailles of the East" during its heyday. However, the Anglo-French forces sacked and looted Yuanmingyuan and burned it to the ground in October 1860. From then on, the garden suffered continual damage at the hands of the warlords, bandits, and the Eight-Power Allied Forces.