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Hu Jintao Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition of China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795
2005/11/11

On the afternoon of November 9, 2005, Chinese President Hu Jintao and British Queen Elizabeth II attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition of China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795 in the Royal Academy of Art in London.

At about 15:10 local time, President Hu Jintao and his wife Madame Liu Yongqing arrived at the Royal Academy and were received by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

President Hu and Queen Elizabeth II cut ribbon for the exhibition. Later Hu and Queen Elizabeth II jointly visited the exhibition. During the visit the British Queen expressed admiration on the artistic and cultural riches of the oriental treasures.

At the opening ceremony the heads of the Royal Academy of Art and the Palace Museum of Beijing delivered a speech respectively, thanking President Hu and Queen Elizabeth II for attending the ceremony and pointing out that the exhibition will help promote cultural exchanges between China and Britain and build up mutual understanding between the two peoples.

The China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795 exhibition carefully selects the artistic treasures spanning the reigns of three emperors, Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong of China's Qing Dynasty. The exhibition includes about 400 artistic works covering paintings, calligraphy, jade articles, bronze ware, porcelain, lacquer, silk embroideries, furniture and western instruments, the majority of which have never been displayed abroad. The exhibition will end in April next year.

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