China to lend treasures to Taiwan





China is to lend 29 treasures to Taiwan for an exhibition - the first such cultural exchange in 60 years.

The artefacts from Beijing's Palace Museum date from the Qing Dynasty, and will be shown for three months at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Between them, the two museums are believed to have the world's most precious collection of Chinese relics.

A huge collection has been kept in Taiwan since nationalists headed there when China's civil war ended in 1949.

When the nationalist party retreated to Taiwan in 1949, they took more than half a million of China's most precious artefacts with them.

It will be the first time treasures have been lent to Taiwan since the end of that conflict, when the Chinese Communist Party took power on the mainland.



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