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QIANLONG GARDEN CONSERVATION PROJECT

QIANLONG GARDEN CONSERVATION PROJECT
Beijing, China
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BACKGROUND

Occupying almost two acres in the northeast quadrant of the Forbidden City, the Qianlong Garden was built by the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) to serve as a part of his planned retirement complex for use following his 60-year reign. He designed the garden as a private retreat, with four courtyards, elaborate rockeries, and some 27 pavilions and structures. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Work began on one building in 2001, but in 2004 the Palace Museum and WMF undertook a comprehensive review of the entire Qianlong Garden site and developed a master plan for its conservation. This is being carried out in four distinct phases, all to be completed by 2019. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

During the Qianlong Emperor's reign (1735-1796), China was the world's largest and richest civilization, and was extensively engaged with other countries. (...)

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IN THE MEDIA
China exhibit at MAM reveals an emperor's past
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Emperor as Aesthete
Art & Antiques, Tuesday, March 1, 2011
A Man of Contradictions, With a Collection to Match
The New York Times, Thursday, February 3, 2011
Paradise on earth
The Economist, Thursday, February 3, 2011
A Paradise of Illusion
Wall Street Journal, Friday, October 29, 2010
A Tale of Two Architects
The Huffington Post, Friday, October 8, 2010
An Emperor’s Heaven on Earth
The Boston Phoenix, Wednesday, September 22, 2010
VIDEOS
World Monuments FundWorld Monuments Fund: 2010 Priority Projects
October, 2010

An overview of several projects which represent our priorities in 2010 and reflect the varied approaches we take to our five core program areas: Advocacy, Education & Training, Cultural Legacy, Capacity Building and Disaster Recovery. Narrated by WMF's Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.