Heroes of the past

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-12-28 11:04
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Veteran restorer Lan Desheng, 55, examines a Terracotta Warrior at Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, March 31, 2023. Lan Desheng has been dedicated to the restoration of Terracotta Warriors for 26 years. He has led his team to restore more than 130 pieces of Terracotta Warriors. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

With a long history and rich cultural splendors, ancient China provided the world with an uninterrupted linage of civilizations lasting for millennia that are still inspiring.

Thanks to cultural relics, the key events influenced the destiny of a dynasty, or breathtaking moments capturing people's daily happiness or, indeed, sullenness, seem to come to life in front of our very eyes.

Nonetheless, when we pay admire and in some cases are astounded by the relics, we can hardly neglect the fact that time has taken its toll on them, be it porcelain shards, fading murals or weedy roofs on ancient temples.

Fortunately, time also witnessed the dedication and diligence of those who painstakingly keep the past alive and relevant. Their devotion is often counted in generations. Behind the shining museum exhibits, these are the people who wipe the dust of ages from the artifacts, and bring a second life or existence to items that are silent observers of history.

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