China to open public libraries, art galleries for free

14:43, February 11, 2011      

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A citizen reads a book in the Hangzhou Library. (Photo by Xinhua)

All art galleries of national and provincial level and all public libraries and cultural centers are required to open to the public for free in China before the end of 2011, according to news from the Ministry of Cultural on Feb. 10.

Other levels of art galleries are expected to be opened to the public for free before the end of 2012, when all public facilities and spaces providing basic services are free of charge, according to the ministry.

It is another significant move to promote the construction of a public cultural services system after 2008, when all museums and memorial halls were opened to the public for free, a senior official from the Ministry of Cultural said.

This move is of great importance to improve the moral standard as well as the scientific and cultural quality of the people and to protect their basic rights.

It is also vital for the people to share the fruits of cultural development, which will give a leg up to promote the social harmony and stability, he added.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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