Beijing to commemorate destruction of old Summer Palace

08:27, January 15, 2010      

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The ruins of the Grand Waterworks (Dashuifa) in Beijing's Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan. ( Photo)

A grand gathering will be held in October to commemorate the humiliating destruction of Beijing's Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan, 150 years ago, the Beijing News reported.
Politicians and celebrities from Britain and France, both of which sent troops to ransack the Old Summer Palace in 1860, are invited to attend the meeting. The meeting calls for concerted efforts to protect the site.

An official with the organizing committee for the Yuanmingyuan 150 years' tragedy commemoration said a series of commemorative activities, including forums and exhibitions, will be held as part of the event.

Details of the commemorative activities will be revealed in the coming days.

Source: CRI online
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