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China's Palace Museum collects 1.8 mln items

The number of cultural relics owned by the Palace Museum (also known as the Forbidden City), has surpassed 1.8 million.

The museum only has room to showcase about 10,000 cultural relics each year and it may take over 100 years for the entire collection to be put on display to the public.

The museum is planning to make more areas of the Forbidden City open to the public, from the current 52 percent of its total area to 65 percent next year, and later 76 percent. More efforts are being made to develop cultural relics-related products to make the country's cultural treasures easier to access for the public.