More than 100 pieces/sets of top-level historical relics have returned home to Beijing after being displayed in Athens, Greece during May 17 to October 11, 2004. The show, under the name of “Emperors’ Capital, Beijing Historical Relics and Treasures Exhibition”, had attracted more than 160,000 visitors in Athens.
The show has been re-staged in Beijing as a follow-up action in cultural exchanges between the two host cities of the Olympic Games. Beijing municipal official Long Xinmin and Greek Culture Attache to China Elena Avramiodu attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the China Centennial Alta in western part of Beijing.
Avramiodu said the exhibition has become a bridge for the Greek people to walk into the splendid culture and history of China. Congratulating the organizers for the success of the show in Athens, she expressed the wish that Greece and China would further deepen mutual understanding and friendship through more frequent cultural exchanges.
The Emperors’ Capital, Beijing Historical Relics and Treasures Exhibition became a big hit in Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games. It presents the elite collections from three municipal museums in Beijing, including bronze, gold, silver, jade, silk and paintings. A major part of the exhibits had never been shown to the public before. Among them are two bronze vases. The ancient characters engraved on these vases have proved that Beijing city was founded as early as 3,050 years ago.
The show will remain open to the public in Beijing till Dec. 12, 2004. During the period, a number of seminars will be held at the Centennial Alta, briefing the public about Chinese silk, excavation of emperors’ tombs and ancient Chinese paintings.