China unveils plan for International Museum Day as epidemic wanes



Visitors view exhibits during the exhibition "Qin Shi Huang, The First Emperor of China and Terracotta Warriors" at Bangkok National Museum in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Sept. 15, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Activities and events to be held in China for the upcoming International Museum Day have been released on Monday as the coronavirus epidemic wanes.

Nanjing Museum in east China's Jiangsu Province will host the main event on International Museum Day, which falls on May 18, according to the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

A special exhibition with a selection of over 200 cultural relics dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) and the Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.) to the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.) will be jointly launched by eight cultural institutions, including the Nanjing Museum and Henan Museum, to mark the day, Gong Liang, curator of the Nanjing Museum, said at a press conference.

Themed "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion," this year's campaign for the International Museum Day will also include special activities held around May 18 in other places across China. The aim is to build platforms of communication between museums and the public, the NCHA said.

While paying tribute to medics, a batch of material demonstrating China's collective efforts in the combat against the epidemic will be donated to the Nanjing Museum at the opening ceremony of the main event, according to the NCHA.