Notice on the Opening Hours of the Palace Museum During the 2024 Spring Festival Holiday
During the 2024 Spring Festival holiday, the opening hours of the Palace Museum are as follows: Closed on February 9th (Chinese New Year’s Eve). Open daily from February 10th to 17th (the first day to the eighth day of the first lunar month) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with the last entry at 3:30 pm. The Palace Museum January 26th, 2024
Notice on Improving the Palace Museum’s Timeslot-based Reservation Policy
To maintain authenticity and integrity of culture relics within the Palace Museum and ensure a smooth process for ticket checking and entry, the Palace Museum plans to further reduce visitor entry times in the principles of limiting the maximum number of visitors and implementing online reservation on a staggered manner, so as to alleviate crowds during peak hours and improve the visitor experience. Starting from November 1, 2023, the Palace Museum will improve its time-slot reservation policy and ticket inspection measures. Detailed information is as follows: 1. Ticket booking: Reservations for the Palace Museum are divided into morning and afternoon sessions each day. Please book your visit for the desired timeslot through the Palace Museum’s official WeChat mini program. 2. Ticket inspection: Visitors who have reserved the morning timeslot must have their tickets checked no later than 12:00 on the day of entry. Visitors who have reserved the afternoon timeslot can have their tickets checked no earlier than 11:00 on the day of entry. Please ensure you arrive at the museum at your reserved timeslot to guarantee your ticket is inspected and ensure a pleasant tour. 3. For further details on “Ticket Information,” please refer to our official ticket and exhibition reservation channel: The Palace Museum’s official WeChat mini program. Alternatively, you can contact the customer service hotline on 400-950-1925. The Palace Museum October 24, 2023
Palace Museum kicks off 2024 with three major exhibitions
“Historic Encounters: Interaction Between China and West Asia,” “The Glory of Ancient Persia,” and “Al Ula, Wonder of Arabia” Navigate the course of civilizational progress through exchanges and mutual learning
Palace Museum holds ‘AlUla, Wonder of Arabia’ exhibition
The “AlUla, Wonder of Arabia” exhibition opened at the West Wing of the Tower Gallery, Meridian Gate (Wu men) on January 6, and will run through March 22. Co-organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla and the Palace Museum, with support from the French Agency for AlUla Development, the exhibition features over 230 exhibits that immerse visitors in the grandeur of AlUla’s desert landscapes, river valleys, and oases, alongside its rich historical and cultural legacy. On the morning of January 5, the exhibition’s opening ceremony was held at the West Wing of the Tower Gallery in the Meridian Gate (Wu men) of the Palace Museum. The ceremony was presided over by Wang Yuegong, deputy director of the Palace Museum. Abdulrahman Altrairi, chief of communications and PR of the Royal Commission for AlUla, Simond de Galbert, first counselor at the French Embassy in China, and Lou Wei, executive deputy director of the Palace Museum, delivered speeches. The exhibition was officially opened by Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, Xie Bing, deputy director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, Abdulrahman Altrairi, and Simond de Galbert. Guests included Ambassador Li Lianhe from the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xie Bing, deputy director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, Xu Rong, deputy director of the Bureau of International Exchange and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and Du Haijiang, Party secretary and deputy director of the Palace Museum. Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Palestine, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait, as well as the French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, representatives from the Royal Commission for AlUla and the French Agency for AlUla Development, and representatives from museums and the cultural circle in Beijing, also attended the opening ceremony. China and Saudi Arabia sit at opposite ends of Asia. For a long time, West Asian civilization and East Asia civilization have played significant roles in shaping the world. The Silk Road, which connected Asia, Africa, and Europe, was forged by the combined efforts of the people of East Asia and West Asia, facilitating cultural exchanges across the region and even between Asia, Africa and Europe. The exhibition “AlUla, Wonder of Arabia” tells the 7,000-year-old story of human settlement in AlUla, a city in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. Located 1,100 kilometers northwest of the capital city Riyadh, AlUla is a valley oasis in a vast desert. Its abundant water resources and extensive farmlands made it a haven for human life. AlUla was not only an important stop on the Arabian Peninsula’s Spice Route but also a key passage for pilgrims traveling to Mecca and Medina. The site contains numerous archaeological sites dating back to 5200 BC, including the Neolithic period’s Mustatil, a rectangular structure, the ancient kingdoms of Dadan and Lihyan of northern Arabia, the city of Hegra during the Nabataean Kingdom and the Roman empire period, the Umayyad site of Qurh, and the old town of AlUla. Today, AlUla remains vibrant and open to visitors worldwide. The exhibition is divided into four sections: “From Prehistory to the Bronze Age,” “Northern Arabian Kingdoms,” “Script and Language,” and “Modern AlUla,” illustrating how humans have adapted and transformed this harsh environment to create wonders. The Palace Museum’s mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding and dialogue by showcasing ancient cultures and histories. This exhibition allows Chinese people and visitors from around the world to learn more about Saudi Arabia, strengthening friendship between the two nations. It also contributes to promoting the Belt and Road Initiative and building a global community of shared future.
Palace Museum signs cooperation deal with China Siyuan Foundation
The Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation reached a framework agreement on December 21 to enhance cooperation on traditional Chinese culture. The signing ceremony was attended by Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum; Zhu Hongwen, deputy director of the Palace Museum; Wang Yuegong, deputy director of the Palace Museum; Li Xiaolin, vice chairman and secretary-general of China Siyuan Foundation; Xu Hongying, a member of the Party Leadership Group and deputy director of the Liaoning Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism; Chen Yaodong, deputy secretary-general of the Liaoning Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, full-time vice chairman of the Liaoning Provincial Committee of the China National Democratic Construction Association (CNDCA), and chairman of the Work Committee for Department Directly Under the Liaoning Provincial Committee of the CNDCA; Chen Xizhe, full-time deputy secretary of the Committee on Education of the Jilin Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Jilin Provincial Department of Education; Wang Lu, head of the Border Villages Work Team in Jilin Province, and other officials and guests. Yan Hongbin, president of the Palace Museum Institute, presided over the ceremony. In her speech, Zhu Hongwen lauded the Palace Museum’s commitment to cultural education, which has inspired young people to celebrate fine traditional Chinese culture. The Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation will cooperate to address a shortage of traditional cultural resources available to primary and secondary schools in underdeveloped areas. Their collaboration involves the facilitation of high-quality traditional cultural education courses that integrate the features of the Palace Museum, teacher training, and opportunities for young people to learn at the Palace Museum. This initiative will contribute to the rural revitalization drive, while boosting cultural confidence, promoting cultural prosperity, and enhancing cultural development. (Zhu Hongwen, deputy director of the Palace Museum, delivers a speech at the signing ceremony of the framework agreement between the Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation in Beijing, Dec. 21, 2023.) Li Xiaolin highlighted that over the years, China Siyuan Foundation has been actively collaborating with various sectors of society, including the Palace Museum, to inherit, protect, and promote fine traditional Chinese culture. A series of public welfare projects have been implemented, such as the provision of books about the Palace Museum for rural school children, introducing lessons on intangible cultural heritage and calligraphy into schools, and carrying out cultural relic protection plans. All have achieved significant results. Furthermore, in response to the demand for traditional cultural education in primary and secondary schools, China Siyuan Foundation has strengthened its efforts to promote the balanced and high-quality development of traditional cultural education. By cooperating with the Palace Museum, China Siyuan Foundation aims to fully integrate fine traditional Chinese culture into education. The goal is to help students in underdeveloped areas access fine traditional Chinese culture, nurture souls and cultivate minds, and foster a sense of national pride and identity. (Li Xiaolin, vice chairman and secretary-general of China Siyuan Foundation, delivers a speech at the signing ceremony of the framework agreement between the Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation in Beijing, Dec. 21, 2023.) Chen Xizhe, representing the beneficiary regions, expressed gratitude for the donation from the Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation, highlighting its significance in showing care for children in border areas and supporting educational and social undertakings in remote and ethnic minority regions. The donation includes educational programs aimed at aiding schools to inspire students to pursue their dreams. Going forward, relevant parties will strictly adhere to regulations and management practices to ensure the proper use of these resources. The aim is to effectively promote traditional Chinese culture in schools, and contribute to the high-quality development of education in Jilin province. (Chen Xizhe, full-time deputy secretary of the Committee on Education of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Jilin Provincial Department of Education, delivers a speech at the signing ceremony of the framework agreement between the Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation in Beijing, Dec. 21, 2023.) Also on behalf of the beneficiary regions, Liu Chuanlu, deputy mayor of Xiuyan county in Anshan city, Liaoning province said in his speech that the donation injected new vitality into the educational development of Xiuyan. He emphasized that all schools should organize and make thoughtful use of the provided courses, and summarize and accumulate teaching experience. This effort will help to develop an education system to equip students with an all-round moral, intellectual, physical, and aesthetic grounding, thereby contributing to their future development. (Liu Chuanlu, deputy mayor of Xiuyan county of Anshan city in Liaoning province, delivers a speech at the signing ceremony of the framework agreement between the Palace Museum and China Siyuan Foundation in Beijing, Dec. 21, 2023.) Under the agreement, both parties commit to the principles of mutual benefit, long-term cooperation, and leveraging complementary strengths. They will jointly undertake public welfare projects to enhance cultural education resources to help students improve their cultural knowledge and develop their skills. Through immersive and exploratory learning, their collaboration aims to enhance the teaching environment, enrich educational resources and educate young people to appreciate and spread fine traditional Chinese culture in regions lacking traditional cultural education resources and facing difficulties in implementing the policy to promote fine traditional Chinese culture into schools.
Palace Museum, GS Charity Foundation and HKPM sign collaboration memorandum on cultural inheritance work
The launch ceremony for a Yuhua Pavilion research-based protection project was held Friday at the Studio of Esteemed Excellence (Jingsheng zhai) at the Palace Museum. The event also saw the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Palace Museum and the GS Charity Foundation regarding the cultural inheritance work of the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM). Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); Wang Xudong, a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and director of the Palace Museum; Yang Xun, vice chairman and general manager of Glorious Sun Group; and Louis Ng Chi-wa, director of the HKPM, delivered speeches at the event. Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority of the HKSAR, and Lou Wei, executive deputy director of the Palace Museum, were also present. Zhu Hongwen, deputy director of the Palace Museum, presided over the ceremony. In the presence of Carrie Lam and Wang Xudong, the memorandum was signed by Lou Wei, Yang Xun, and Louis Ng Chi-wa. Over the next five years, with support from the Palace Museum and the GS Charity Foundation, the HKPM plans to organize large thematic exhibitions on deepening cultural exchange and promoting mutual learning among civilizations. It will also hold a series of cultural exchange activities, such as the GS Visiting Fellows Programme at the HKPM, the Hong Kong and Mainland Youth Internship Programme at the Palace Museum, and the Hong Kong Students’ Chinese Cultural Experience Programme. Additionally, collaborative efforts will be made to develop high-quality educational resources. Wang Xudong spoke of the historic mission undertaken by the Palace Museum to jointly preserve and promote fine traditional Chinese culture alongside the HKPM. The signing of this memorandum represents a significant milestone in their collaboration. He expressed gratitude to the GS Charity Foundation for its support in the Yuhua Pavilion research-based protection project and the cultural inheritance work of the HKPM. He also thanked Carrie Lam for facilitating support from various enterprises in Hong Kong for Palace Museum projects. Additionally, he acknowledged the contributions of people from all walks of life who were concerned about the Palace Museum's development. Carrie Lam reviewed the challenging journey of establishing and opening the HKPM and reflected on its notable achievements. She voiced hope that the HKPM would leverage its unique advantage and use its strategic position as a bridge between China and the rest of the world to further promote Chinese culture and enhance the sense of identity and cultural confidence of the people of Hong Kong. She also highlighted the historic mission of the HKPM to facilitate exchange and dialogue between the East and the West, as well as the significance of cultural heritage inheritance. Yang Xun said that since its establishment, Glorious Sun Group has been dedicated to making contributions to society through public welfare and charitable activities, as well as fulfilling its social responsibilities. The group has been committed to upholding fine traditional Chinese culture while pursuing innovative development, developing China's cultural sector, and enhancing mutual learning and understanding among civilizations. He also noted that the group stands ready to work together with the Palace Museum and the HKPM to enhance cultural exchange between the people of Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, especially the younger generation, and to foster a sense of confidence in Chinese culture. Louis Ng Chi-wa expressed his appreciation for the donation from Glorious Sun Group and extended thanks to Carrie Lam, Wang Xudong, and colleagues from the Palace Museum for their support in the development of the HKPM. He said the HKPM would seize historic opportunities and strengthen cooperation with the Palace Museum to promote fine traditional Chinese culture. Efforts will also be made to bolster cultural confidence among the youth, facilitate international exchanges, foster mutual learning among civilizations, and build modern Chinese civilization. Following the event, Carrie Lam, Wang Xudong and other guests visited the Yuhua Pavilion to conduct on-site inspections of the building and cultural relics. The Yuhua Pavilion research-based protection project aims to continuously foster a team of experts from different fields and institutions and build a research platform, and improve its academic research regarding the cultural significance and value of the Yuhua Pavilion. The project also seeks to enhance the cultural confidence of the Chinese people and to better tell China’s stories to the world.