Chinese Team Searches Museums for Art Treasures

From the NYT: For the past two weeks, the delegation of Chinese cultural experts has swept through American institutions, seeking to reclaim items once ensconced at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, which was one of the world’s...

Phone Bidders get China Bronzes of Saint Laurent

Two bronzes from the Old Summer Palace have been sold for $18 million to two unidentified phone bidders. From Reuters: Two rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China nearly 150 years ago — and that Beijing now wants back...

China Seeks to Stop Paris Sale of Bronzes

The Chinese government plans to file a lawsuit to try to reclaim statues going on sale at a Christie’s auction in Paris this week. The statues were reportedly looted from the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) and are being...

Yuanmingyuan Park replica plan encounters fierce opposition – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Plans to build a 20 billion yuan (2.5 billion U.S. dollars) replica of Beijing’s Yuanmingyuan(ÂúÜÊòéÂõ≠Ôºâ, known overseas as the Old Summer Palace, in East China have met fierce opposition from academics. Hengdian Social and Economic Federation(ʵôʱüÊ®™Â∫óÈõÜÂõ¢Ôºâ, who operates a complex featuring imitations of the Forbidden City and a Qin Dynasty palace often used […]

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