Retrieved stolen relics to be displayed in northern China
North China's Shanxi Province, an area rich in cultural relics, will open a bronze museum in July, with exhibits mainly from stolen antiques recovered by police.
Shanxi's provincial bureau of cultural relics said among more than 10,000 pieces of cultural relics recovered by police since 2018, many are of high historical value, especially the bronze relics of the Shang and Zhou dynasties (1600-256 BC).
Police in Shanxi launched a special operation against cultural relics-related crimes in 2018, cracking more than 700 criminal cases and seizing over 1,000 suspects, with 17,354 relics confiscated, both a 10-year high in the province.
On April 9, the police handed over 12,633 recovered cultural relics to the provincial cultural relics department, among which 73 are identified as under first-class national protection, and 151 and 508 others being of the second and third level categories of national protection, respectively.
The museum is expected to hold cultural exhibition with educational interactions and digital displays, as well as themed shows. Its basic collections highlight China's bronze culture with items for rituals, music, art and utensils.