Palace Museum counts collection

Updated 2017-04-01 11:31:12 CGTN

The collection is on display in the Palace of Prolonging Happiness


The collection is on display in the Palace of Prolonging Happiness

The Palace Museum of Beijing, also known as the Forbidden City, has finished counting all items in its archives. It took the museum staff seven years to count the 1.86 million items in the collection.

The count reveals an increase of 62,000 items from the total recorded in 2010 when research work began. Among the nearly two million items, 168,000 rank as valuable cultural relics at the national level, accounting for 42 percent of the total in all of China's museums.

The items included calligraphy by Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong, oracle bones from the Yin Dynasty and ceramic samples.

“The counting and clearance in the past seven years is the most complete and comprehensive of its kind in the Palace Museum's history. We have checked balances in 231 catalogues. The number of the items could see a further increase. For instance, it will take another two years to finish checking all the 23,000 pieces of oracle bones,” The Palace Museum curator Shan Jixiang told CGTN.

The curator added that some of the relics have been repaired. Some scattered parts of ancient wooden items have been reassembled. Within the next 10 to 15 years, the museum plans to release a complete catalogue in 500 volumes.

Located in the heart of Beijing, the Palace Museum is historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive museums in China. Built in 1420, it was home to many of China's emperors and was the highest center of power for about 500 years. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

See Also

Most Popular

Sky Running Comes to Asia

This February saw the first ever Asian Sky Running Championship race come to Hong Kong. The competition is one of the most physically demanding a runner can put their body through.

Travel Videos

Photo Gallery

Worship Season in Lhasa

Lhasa, capital city of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, has entered the worship season. Buddhists from across Tibet come to the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple for worship.

Hello Kitty Theme Park Opens in Zhejiang

The first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan officially opened on Thursday, the first day of the year in the Anji county, Huzhou city, East China's Zhejiang province.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords