Yuan Ming Yuan zodiac animal head replicas gathered in Xi'an

15:40, June 02, 2011      

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Photo taken on June 1, 2011 shows the replicas of the bronze zodiac animal heads of Yuan Ming Yuan displayed at the 2011 Xi'an International Horticultural Exposition. (Jiao Weiping/Xinhua)

The replicas of the bronze zodiac animal heads of Yuan Ming Yuan were displayed at the 2011 Xi'an International Horticultural Exposition recently. The zodiac animal heads, together with many other cultural relics in Yuan Ming Yuan, also known as the Old Summer Palace, were looted by British and French invaders in 1860.

Although some of them have been returned to China, the others are still missing. Based on the zodiac animal heads of Yuan Ming Yuan, the Xi'an exposition restored the scene of these twelve animal heads gathered together in Yuan Ming Yuan.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

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