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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 FundOutward Opulence for Inner Peace: The Restoration of the Emperor’s Private Paradise at the Forbidden City
May, 2015

WMF and the Palace Museum have been restoring the glories of the Qianlong Garden complex for over a decade. Created at the peak of Imperial China's economic and cultural importance, the complex was intended to be the center of the retirement retreat of the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799). In this lecture, Dr. Andrew Solomon discusses the creation, rediscovery, and ongoing conservation of the Qianlong Garden.

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.