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China unveils another treasure

CHINA Pavilion yesterday unveiled a new centerpiece exhibit - the Bronze Chariot and Horses sculpture unearthed along with the famed terracotta warriors that dates to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

The sculpture is considered one of the country's top treasures. It will be exhibited on the top floor of the pavilion until the Expo ends.

Meanwhile, the painting "Along the River During the Qingming Festival" has been packed up for its return to Liaoning Museum.

Flash photography will not harm the sculpture. However, visitors are recommended to avoid using a flash because it may bother other visitors, said Wu Yongqi, director of the Emperor Qin Shihuang's Terracotta Army Museum in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, where the sculpture has always been displayed since it was unearthed.

Two museum staff members will monitor the conditions of the sculpture around the clock. Two armed police officers are also on guard in the exhibition room.

The sculpture was brought to Shanghai from Xi'an on a container truck, which had a police escort. A 100-million-yuan (US$14.64 million) insurance policy was taken out on the sculpture. The 1,200-kilogram sculpture was disassembled into 38 pieces and packed into 20 wooden boxes stuffed with cotton.


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