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Old Summer Palace

Editor on trial over bribes of 2.3m yuan

A former editor-in-chief of the Ministry of Land and Resources' mouthpiece newspaper was put on trial this week for taking 2.3 million yuan (HK$2.8 million) worth of bribes, state media reported yesterday.

Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am

Grudge over palace looting lasts 150 years

Talk about holding a grudge. A century and a half after being blamed for the looting of the Old Summer Palace in the northern outskirts of Beijing, Britain and France still aren't welcome at the anniversary of the grand larceny.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Public get glimpse of former glories

Core section of Old Summer Palace garden reopened

A vast section of Beijing's Yuanmingyuan imperial garden, also known as the Old Summer Palace, has been opened to the public for the first time in more than 300 years as the capital began a 10-day countdown to a 'humanistic and green Olympics'.

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Crunch time for new Old Summer Palace

It has been a dream for 20 years, but peasant-turned-entrepreneur Xu Wenrong says his plan to restore Beijing's Old Summer Palace to its Qing dynasty glory will soon become a reality - even if he does not have enough money to do it.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Burning down the house

IT'S NOT OFTEN you get rained on in mainland theatre productions, or find the director belting out a song from the audience. And it's practically unheard of for a playwright to launch a public attack on the Communist Party's policy of breakneck economic growth - and get away with it.

7 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Pull the plug on leaky lake plan, say green experts

Restoration of a lake at the site of the Old Summer Palace is not only threatening the ruins but also Beijing's fragile environment, say environmentalists and the mainland media.

Plastic sheeting is being used to line the lake's 1.5 million square metre bed to prevent leakage, but Peking University scholar Yu Kongjian said this was likely to cause irreversible damage.

30 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Shining example

A visitor admires a bronze ox head from Beijing's Old Summer Palace, which went on display in Hong Kong yesterday. The head is one of 12 - representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac - looted by British and French troops when they ransacked and burned down the palace, or Yuanmingyuan, in 1860.

10 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Bronze relic 'genuine, but not unique'

Auctioneer claims several sets of the animal heads may have been made

An auctioneer at the centre of a controversy over the authenticity of an antique bronze dog head yesterday claimed there could be more than one set of the animal heads lost in the looting of the Qing dynasty Summer Palace.

24 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Film about destruction of palace put on hold

The terrorist attacks in the US have caused a halt - and possibly the cancellation - of a multimillion-yuan movie on the destruction of an imperial palace in Beijing in 1860 by French and British forces.

News portal Sina.com quoted Li Lichi, producer of The Burning of Yuanmingyuan, as saying that the events of September 11 had stopped production of the film indefinitely.

21 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Beijing garden site sold

A MULTI-billion-dollar residential development financed by a Chinese-American joint venture company will be built near one of Beijing's most scenic and precious historical sites - Yuan Ming Yuan, or the former imperial Garden of Gardens.

2 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Exhibition boosts ties with France

CHINESE and French officials yesterday cut the ribbon on an exhibition of the works of one of France's most important living artists, Pierre Soulages, and hailed what they called strong cultural relations.

And a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman yesterday expressed hopes bilateral political ties would improve in the near future.

7 Jan 1994 - 12:00am