Palace Museum reopens two exhibition halls for Spring Festival
Updated 18:35, 30-Jan-2019
By Qi Jie
02:03

The Palace Museum reopened two exhibition halls: the Treasures Hall and the Imperial Palace Clock and Watch Hall, to welcome visitors during the Chinese Lunar New Year. 

Covering 220 square meters, the newly reopened Treasures Hall is home to bonsai trees, which are trees made from gold, silver, jade and coral. All were the most beloved materials of the imperial families.

The themes and designs of these valuable trees conveyed, as usual, auspicious and celebratory meanings, such as wishes for good fortune, longevity, and safety. 

"Bonsai trees" on display. /Xinhua Photo

"Bonsai trees" on display. /Xinhua Photo

 Ren Wanping, Deputy Director of Palace Museum said: “All the collections in the Museum are treasures, such as porcelains, bronze and paintings. The Treasures Hall mostly exhibits items made from gemstones and jade.” 

The biggest Coral Tree is 60 centimeters high. Liu Yue, Vice Researcher, Ancient Objects Department of  Palace Museum said: “The material is really precious. A piece of coral of this size was pretty rare back in the day. And look at the flowerpot, here a Buddha's hand and a peach behind, all indicate good wishes." 

Clocks on display. /VCG Photo‍

Clocks on display. /VCG Photo‍

In the Imperial Palace Clock and Watch Hall, 82 pieces are on display, including 21 made in China and 61 from overseas.