Xinhai Revolution

New museum to showcase relics of 1911 revolt

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 July, 2006, 12:00am

About 100 million yuan will be spent on building a 1911 revolution museum in Guangzhou.

An official from the provincial Cultural Bureau's museum department in charge of the venture said the 82,000-square-metre project, which would include an 18,000-square-metre museum building, would start by the end of this year and it was hoped the museum would open in 2008.

'All funding will be given by the provincial government alone,' the official, who did not want to be named, said yesterday.

'The location will be on Whampoa district's Changzhou island.'

The island is the former site of the Whampoa Military Academy, the Dr Sun Yat-sen Park and the site of 26 ruins from the 1911 revolution.

Xinhua said the Guangzhou municipal government had been collecting relics and information about the 1911 revolution and Dr Sun from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan since 2004.

It said more than 4,000 valuable historical pictures and 68 relics had been gathered so far.

All the materials have been kept in the 1911 Revolutionary Archive of the Guangdong Museum of Revolutionary History.