China marks National Museum century

16th Jul 2012

China has recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the country's National Museum, which is located in Beijing.

As part of the anniversary, a number of China's top leaders called for more efforts to be made to promote the various cultures that exist in the country.

President Hu Jintao wrote in a congratulatory letter about the National Museum's various achievements in collecting historic and cultural relics, conducting scientific research, and hosting exhibitions.

He urged museum bosses to continue their work and expand international exchanges, make improvements to research, and increase its exhibition capabilities.

Situated east of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the National Museum was formed following a merger in 2003 between the National Museum of Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History. The latter first opened its doors in 1912.

After a programme of renovation work, the National Museum reopened in March last year. At nearly 200,000 square metres the National Museum of China if the biggest in the world.

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