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Taipei, Beijing museums to hold joint birthday

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) and its Beijing counterpart will celebrate their anniversaries together next year with a series of exhibitions and events, according to the NPM.

The celebrations will mark the first joint anniversary celebration of the two museums.

The Palace Museum in Beijing was first opened to the public after the last emperor, Pu Yi, was expelled from his royal residence on Oct. 10, 2025, in the wake of the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty.

The NPM, a palatial structure in suburban Taipei, was inaugurated in 1966. The two museums both feature collections from royal families of the Qing Dynasty.

The plan was proposed by Palace Museum President Shan Jixiang, who arrived in Taipei on April 18 for a five-day visit at the invitation of NPM Director Fung Ming-chu.

It was Shan's third visit to Taiwan for cultural exchanges between the two museums.

Shan and Fung confirmed several celebratory activities through discussions during Shan's visit.

The celebration events include art and cultural crafts made during the Ming Dynasty, and a symposium on the subject.

The Palace Museum has even proposed a TV competition on the collections of the two museums for elementary students on both sides of the strait.

The exchanges between the two museums have intensified in recent years since cross-strait relations began improving in recent years.

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