Old Summer Palace

China Brings Home Its Bronzes

The twelve bronze zodiac animal heads cast by Jesuits for the emperor Qianlong have become a potent symbol of China’s humiliation by predatory Western imperialists during the 19th Century. The heads are widely held to have...

Facelift for Old Summer Palace

From Global Times: The 303-year-old Yuanmingyuan, or the Old Summer Palace, will have a new theme park and a culture square on its periphery, according to urban plan-ning authorities. “The adjacent neighborhoods around the...

China’s Campaign to Reclaim Cultural Relics

A team of Chinese cultural experts has been traveling to museums throughout the U.S. in search of items removed from the Old Summer Palace by British and Americans in 1860. As mentioned yesterday on CDT, the New York Times...

Beijing Angry at Auction of Relics

Chinese officials are angry over the proposed sale of two bronze animal heads that were taken from the zodiac-themed fountain of the Old Summer Palace when it was looted by British and French troupes during the Second Opium War...

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