Riyadh - A major exhibition featuring the cultural history and heritage of China will be inaugurated jointly by Prince Sultan bin Salman, chief of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), and Li Huaxin, Chinese ambassador, in Riyadh on Sept. 12.
The exhibition, titled “Treasures of China,” marks the first major cultural relic show that Beijing has organised in Saudi Arabia, Huaxin said.
He said the seven-week Chinese exhibition, to be organised at the Saudi National Museum, will last until Nov. 23.
“The exhibits will include 264 rare Chinese relics from 13 museums and cultural institutions of China.”,the envoy said.
It will also showcase objects from joint Chinese-Saudi archaeological excavations, including a large number of items on display overseas for the first time.
This mega Chinese exhibition is being organised within the framework of a memorandum of understanding signed by the Kingdom and China in January 2016, when President Xi Jinping visited Saudi Arabia.
According to Xu He, curator of the exhibition from Art Exhibitions China, an organisation in charge of Sino-foreign cultural relics exchange exhibitions, 13 institutions including the Palace Museum in Beijing, the Shaanxi History Museum in Xian, and the Luoyang Museum in Henan Province have sent contributions from their collections for the forthcoming exhibition in Riyadh.