Palace Museum to display China's Mona Lisa

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The real Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival was shown to media, Aug 27.[Photo/CNS] 

The Palace Museum in Beijing will display authentic Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival (Qingming Shanghe Tu) from September 8 to November 8 in an exhibition titled "The Precious Collection of the Stone Moat".

One of the most famous Chinese paintings, the artwork called "China's Mona Lisa", was created by Zhang Zeduan during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). It depicts the buildings and daily life in the ancient capital of Bian Jing.

Three years ago, the portion of the artwork was revealed in Hong Kong and Japan. But this exhibition marks the first time in nearly a decade that the entire 5.82 meter scroll painting will be on display. The last time Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival was revealed in its entirety was ten years ago when the museum celebrated its 80th anniversary.

The exhibition will showcase a total of 283 treasures, largely from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) at the museum's Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian) and Palace of Prolonging Happiness (Yanxi gong).

Wi-Fi will be available inside the exhibition, and visitors can scan a QR code beside for nearly one-third of the exhibits to access an audio learning guide.

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