Forbidden City Restoration an Experiment in U.S.-China Teamwork

A New York-based preservation group recently finished a decade-long collaboration with to restore a corner of one of its most famous relics. From The Los Angeles Times:

“The Forbidden City is huge and . . . there was too much work to do; therefore, our country didn’t have the , time as well as enough money to manage this part of the palace,” said Wang Shiwei, senior engineer of the Palace Museum’s historical architecture department. “ is the first time the Palace Museum is cooperating with a organization to repair its facilities comprehensively.”

Palace officials visited the Peabody Museum and other venues to witness firsthand U.S. techniques of cultural restoration.

The pressure was palpable: They were undertaking the renovation of a sacred icon unchanged from the times of Imperial .

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