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China plans to become ‘museum powerhouse’ by 2035

China plans to become a ‘museum powerhouse’ by 2035 by developing outstanding museums with Chinese features and attractions.

Palace Museum Beijing

China plans to become a ‘museum powerhouse’ by 2035 by creating world-class museums with Chinese features, according to a document released on Monday (May 24).

The document is titled ‘Guiding Opinions on Promoting Reform and Development of Museums’ and was released by the National Cultural Heritage Administration.

It focuses on 10 to 15 museums that represent Chinese culture. It aims to enhance the museums and their appeal to Chinese visitors, reports CGTN.

Chinese museums have been busy upgrading and renovating their facilities, also protecting cultural relics and accelerating research in a bid to become the world’s top institutions.

Creating world-class museums in China

However, the document reveals that there is room for improvement when it comes to museum development in China, in areas including development orientation, systemic layout and functional utilisation.

China will also implement a ‘Museums of Excellence Development Plan’, which involves developing major museums in China according to local conditions and promoting smaller institutions across the country.

Meanwhile, the Museum of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is opening in Beijing, according to the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

The Museum of the Communist Party of China will host an exhibition on the history of the CPC from June 2021 (via

Museum of the Communist Party of China opening

Other events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC include 109 exhibitions across China, according to Gu Yucai, vice director of the NCHA.

“We will also form a team to discover the stories behind the revolutionary cultural relics and share them with youngsters,” said Zeng Rui, head of the juvenile division of the Communist Youth League Central Committee.

China is home to more than 1,600 museums and memorials that focus on its revolutionary history. The country has registered more than 36,000 revolutionary heritage sites and has a collection of more than 1 million related artefacts.

Meanwhile, Beijing’s UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has opened its new branch in Shanghai, called UCCA Edge and designed by SO – IL.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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