SHIJIAZHUANG, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- An ancient royal palace has been discovered in northern China's Hebei Province.
The palace, believed to belong to Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 A.D.), was found near the Olympic Village in Zhangjiakou City, where part of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held, according to local authorities.
The rectangular site covers an area of about 140,000 square meters. A variety of relics have been unearthed from the area, including construction materials, porcelain and pottery.
"This is the biggest palace of the Jin Dynasty ever discovered in recent years," said Zhang Baogui, with the city's bureau of culture, radio, TV and tourism. "It has great significance in research about the layout and sites of the royal palaces of the dynasty."
A guideline on the site's protection is currently being drafted.