Forbidden City to open night tours for first time

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-17 21:08:19|Editor: ZX
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HARBIN, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Palace Museum, or Forbidden City, will extend its opening hours to the evening for the first time on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 in celebration for this year's Lantern Festival, its curator said Sunday.

The museum will display some of the most well-known ancient Chinese paintings on its city walls during that time, said Shan Jixiang, the museum curator, at an event in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

Tickets to the Feb. 19 tour have been booked up once released on Sunday afternoon. Tickets to the tour on the following day will be open for booking on Monday, according to the museum website.

The Forbidden City has been decorated with large royal lanterns as a highlight of the museum's ongoing new year exhibition, aiming to give visitors a feel of what it was like to usher in the new year in the royal court some 200 years ago.

The new year exhibition, the largest of its kind in the Palace Museum with 885 relics, will last until April 7.