Forbidden City

Beijing to lend Taiwan historical artefacts from Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum, is pictured through a fence in Beijing. More than 30 artifacts from the museum will be on loan. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing has agreed to lend art exhibits for a major joint exhibition in Taipei, the head of Taiwan’s top museum said on Sunday, as the two former rivals push ahead with detente.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Qing dynasty seal sold by French auction house Artcurial for €1.1m

A French auction house yesterday sold a historic Chinese seal for €1.1 million (HK$11.2 million) despite threats of legal action alleging it may have been stolen from Beijing's Forbidden City.

The green jade seal, which dates from the Qianlong period (1736-95) and had been expected to fetch €200,000, went for more than five times that amount to an unidentified telephone bidder.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Chinese theme park 'mecca' planned for Australia

Officials say the planned Australian Chinese Theme Park could rival the popularity of Sydney Opera House as a tourist draw.

Build it, and they will come. That appears to be the logic behind a planned A$500 million (HK$4 billion) Chinese theme park in Australia - an ambitious project officials say could rival the popularity of Sydney Opera House as a tourist draw.

4 Dec 2012 - 6:32am 4 comments

Hong Kong should learn from Forbidden City, get denser to stay on top: Architect

Ivan Rijavec at the Now and When: Australian Urbanism exhibition. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Urban planners can rewrite the rule book on high density living by making Hong Kong even denser, and they can start by going back to 15th century China, says the co-creator of a new exhibition on urban sprawl.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:13am

The emperor's garden

Once upon a time, there was an emperor who wanted to build a garden to relax with his family after retirement - away from his duties and the public eye. So he built a secret garden.

But its treasures are secret no more.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

A less forbidding city

The Forbidden City in Beijing is a treasure trove of Chinese culture and history whose riches seem to hold little relevance for modern Hongkongers, much less young children. But art consultant and educator Chiu Kwong-chiu has other ideas. What's needed, he says, is a lively, interactive way of presenting the material.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Palace Museum thefts not planned, hearing told

The man accused of stealing nine valuable artefacts from the Beijing Palace Museum in May denied in court yesterday that it was premeditated theft.

Shi Baikui from Shandong told Beijing No2 Intermediate People's Court he had sought shelter in the museum because it was raining and then committed the crime, the Procuratorial Daily's website reported.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Another Beijing Cultural Relic gone

The former residence of the late Liang Sicheng, one of the most renowned architects on the mainland, was reportedly bulldozed last week - to preserve the site.

Liang lived at the courtyard-style home in central Beijing with his wife, Lin Huiyin, in the 1930s. Lin was also a noted architect and writer.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Collection goes under hammer

Craftsmanship in China has a noble tradition, seen best in the artistry and beauty of the distinctive ceramics produced over the centuries.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Palace Museum chief sorry for string of scandals

The director of the beleaguered Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City has finally apologised for multiple incidents of mismanagement, some involving damage to priceless antiques.

Zheng Xinmiao admitted the problems posed an unprecedented crisis of credibility for the museum, which enjoys the highest honour as a guardian of China's ancient culture.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Nation's heritage on the line

Nothing is more precious to a nation than its culture, language and traditions. That is especially so for China, which, as one of the cradles of civilisation, has much to cherish and protect. It is understandable, then, that a series of scandals at the Palace Museum have caused a storm of public anger.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Forbidden City in new scandal over ticket scam

The credibility of the Forbidden City is being further battered amid accusations that it paid hush money to cover up the embezzlement of ticket revenue in 2009, though administrators at the historic Beijing site deny the claim.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Symbol of national heritage dealt blow

What's more important to a nation than its culture? That question is being asked on the mainland after a short, slightly built man on a tour of the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City evaded security and stole nine precious items from a collection on loan from Hong Kong's private Liangyi Museum.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Palace Museum burglar reveals how he got away

The man accused of stealing nine valuable artefacts from the Palace Museum in Beijing purportedly made his way out of the highly secure Forbidden City by jumping from a 10-metre-high palace wall.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Suspect held over Palace Museum burglary

Mainland police last night arrested a suspect following a burglary at the Forbidden City in which seven precious art pieces owned by a Hong Kong collector were stolen.

Officials said the theft on Sunday was the first from the Palace Museum in 20 years.

12 May 2011 - 12:00am