01 Mar '11, 2pm

Revamped China history museum skips taboo subjects

Revamped China history museum skips taboo subjects

BEIJING : China reopened its main history museum on Tuesday after a three-year facelift, but exhibits in the sprawling facility skip over some of the country's most momentous -- and sensitive -- events. The modern history wing of the National Museum in Beijing is a temple to the glories of the ruling Communist Party and leaders from Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping to current President Hu Jintao. But the museum, located across from Tiananmen Square at the political heart of the country, unsurprisingly fails to detail Mao's disastrous policies and the brutal chaos of his 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. The extensive displays of historical photos and artefacts dating from the late imperial period in the mid-1800s to today also avoid any mention of more recent political tumult such as the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests. The museum will be the world's largest once all of its p...

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channelnewsasia.com 01 Mar '11, 2am

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