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Historic arch forms center of new museum

A WOODEN archway carved in Shanghai 100 years ago has been restored as the centerpiece of a new museum that opens in June in Xujiahui.

Known as the Tushanwan Archway, it was exhibited in three World Expos last century and was shipped back from Sweden to Shanghai last year.

Standing at 5.8 meters high, experts have restored the carvings after the arch spent 96 years overseas.

Children at Tushanwan Orphanage originally carved the piece in their home, set up by French missionaries in 1864. There, the children learned about Western art and techniques.

The orphanage's only surviving building is being renovated to form the new Tushanwan Museum, due to open in June. Relics from private citizens and collectors will be on display.


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