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Palace Museum opens relics restoration to the public

As part of ongoing activities held for China's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, the first batch of 40 people watched 'doctors' repairing pieces from some of the museum's collections, including pieces of calligraphy, paintings, bronzeware and clocks, under the guidance of volunteers.

Established in December 2016, the restoration hospital is located in the west of the Palace Museum. The facility covers 13,000 square meters and has the nation's most-advanced restoration studios.

Staff members repair cultural relics at a restoration 'hospital' in the Palace Museum in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)

A staff member repairs a cultural relic at a restoration 'hospital' in the Palace Museum in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)

A staff member repairs a cultural relic at a restoration 'hospital' in the Palace Museum in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)

Shan Jixiang, the curator of the Palace Museum, meets with visitors to a restoration 'hospital' in the Palace Museum in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)

Shan Jixiang, the curator of the Palace Museum, meets with visitors to a restoration 'hospital' in the Palace Museum in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)

A volunteer talks to visitors about cultural relics restoration at a 'hospital' in the Palace Museum in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)

Shan Jixiang (C), the curator of the Palace Museum, poses with volunteers at the opening of its restoration 'hospital' to the public in Beijing, June 9, 2018. (Photo: China News Service/Liu Guanguan)