China cultural news in brief: Mausoleum museum; Giant thangka; Rare stamps on show

19:57, September 27, 2010      

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The following are highlights of China's cultural news reported Monday:


A grand palace museum incorporating the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC) and his terracotta army will open to visitors starting on Oct. 1, cultural heritage officials in northwest China's Shaanxi Province said Monday.

Entry to the complex would cost 110 yuan (16 U.S. dollars), said Guo Xianzeng, deputy chief of the provincial cultural heritage bureau.

While the terracotta army museum has been receiving visitors since 1979, a park built on the ruins of the First Emperor's mausoleum will open for the first time.

The park, covering more than 200 hectares, features the mausoleum of the first emperor of a united China and a number of sacrificial pits.

The provincial government decided to incorporate the mausoleum and the terracotta army into one museum last year, for better preservation and research.


A huge Tibetan scroll painting depicting Sakyamuni is on display at a folk art festival in southwest China's Sichuan Province this week.

The painting, known as a "thangka" in Tibetan, is 22 meters long and 15 meters wide, and was painted by 30 artists over nine months, said Yang Huazhen, a folk artist in Sichuan.

It shows Sakyamuni sitting in the middle, surrounded by renowned Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Thangka are a Buddhist art form and are painted with mineral and organic pigments derived from such materials as coral, agate, sapphire, pearl and gold so the color stays for centuries.


A four-piece set of postal stamps issued during the "Cultural Revolution" period (1966-1976) went on permanent display at a postal museum in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Sept. 25.

The stamps, referred to by stamp collectors as "All China Is Red," were issued in November 1968, but were soon recalled because the Chinese map they depicted was incomplete. Very few were sold.

The stamps are recognized as some of the rarest in China. A single stamp was auctioned last year for a record 3.68 million Hong Kong dollars (about 474,000 U.S. dollars).

Source: Xinhua


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