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Xinhua | Updated:2017-01-02 15:05″Masters in the Forbidden City”, a documentary series that profiled the work of the museum conservationists, became a surprise online hit. It has racked up over six million views and scored an impressive rating of 9.5/10 on a major video-streaming website in China.[Photo/IC]Working in the Palace Museum where visitors are constantly told not to touch the invaluable cultural artifacts, Qu Feng spends every day in restoring treasures dating back hundreds of years.Qu works for the Palace Museums conservation department, which is responsible for the conservation, restoration and research of over 1.8 million cultural treasures.Stories of treasured Chinese antiques and artifacts given a new lease of life emerge constantly from his busy department.Qu and his colleagues are now better known as the “masters in the Forbidden City.”Masters in the Forbideen City Qu, head of the departments wood conservation studio, is working on a piece called “Plum Recess,” a wooden plaque inlaid with gold wire and two jade characters.The plaque, made during Emperor Qianlongs reign (1736-1795), once hung inside the Forbidden Citys Hall of Mental Cultivation, where emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) resided and handled state affairs.When the hall was closed for a four-year renovation, the plaque was removed for conservation.Some of the plaques jade had fallen off; sticking it back proved far more difficult than anyone expected.Qu had to use a special type of wax, made of beewax and rosin, as other adhesives could corrode the jade over time. The recipe to produce this special wax had once been lost, and the museum depended exclusively on the wax it had in stock.Previous Page1 2 3 4 5 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 4 5 Next PageRelated StoriesEasy Talk: Forbidden City less forbidden in foreign eyesArt: Exploring Palace Museums modern creativityPalace Museum: Ancient cultural gems glow through modern creativityPalace Museum annex to be built in Hong KongHong Kong to erect mini Palace MuseumPalace Museum targets female gamersPhotos21st Beijing New Years Concert held at Great Hall of the PeopleNew stills of Ode to Joy 2 releasedFaye Wong Moments Live 2016 delights ShanghaiChinese folk artist makes papercutting works to mark Spring FestivalChinese children celebrate Spring Festival in their own wayInheritor preserves old tradition of making Yixing Zisha teapotsTop ViewsMost PopularShinkai-style delights Chinese movie goersMade for China: Having it both waysProducer who kowtows for screeningsRacism comes out in the washBox office demands out of the boxArthouse film: From swan song to rebirth of the phoenix?Editors picksTen popular songs that got people singing in 2016Major art and literary figures that passed away in 2016VideoWu celebrates birthday with return to music careerMaggie Cheungs latest single: Look In My Eyes72 hours in 72 seconds: Explore KunmingSpecialThe 3rd Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment2016 Mid-Autumn FestivalBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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