Tag Archives: Forbidden City Museum

Letters from China: One, Who is going to appraise the appraiser?

Just as average Chinese collectors fight hard to JIAN LOU (or find treasures in bargain price) in an antiques market diluted with forgery, they may also find that the expert opinions are getting worse. In Beijing alone, there are more than one hundred appraisal centers, not to mention the whole country. What are their qualifications?

Starbucks Forbidden in the Forbidden City – A city which has lost itself in its heritage preservation

I heard from NPR four days ago that the Starbucks store inside the Forbidden City Museum (also called the Palace Museum) was closed because it undermined the “solemnity of the Forbidden City and (trampled on) Chinese culture”. China’s national pride has grown as fast as its economy booms. However, even though such news was not