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chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-05-24 15:08

Tourists walk by the Gate of Supreme Harmony, which is under restoration, at the Palace Museum, Beijing, April 23, 2023. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

These of course are cultural-relic conservators and restorers. Just like medical practitioners who vow to spare no effort for public health, they check the "illness" and made the tailored prescription. They combine traditional craftsmanship with new cutting-edge technology just to make sure the relics linger longer.

Their "patients" are often iconic superstars, including the grand palace of the Forbidden City in Beijing, or walls bathed in the ethos of vicissitude of Pingyao Ancient City in Shanxi province, the thousands-years-old bronze wares covered with tell-tale signs of verdigris and patina or the magnificent underground legion of the Terracotta Warriors from the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

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