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Post time 2020-1-18 10:22:37 |Display all floors
China's Palace Museum tendered an apology Friday evening after two women drove a private vehicle into the palace premises in violation of the rules, and vowed to strengthen management to prevent similar incidents.

A post capturing a vehicle parked in the premises of the Palace Museum dubbed as the Forbidden City, went viral on China's  Twitter-like social media platform Weibo on Friday, stoking controversy as private cars are not permitted in the world-famous historical site to preserve the preciousness of the cultural relics.

Several pictures of two women, in fashionable outfit standing in front of a Benz Jeep parked in one of the courtyards of the palace, were posted by a Weibo user LuxiaobaoLL. The now-deleted post sparked a heated discussion online. Some internet users fiercely slammed the duo, who appeared visibly rich, for misusing their social status, as the Palace Museum does not allow the entry of any private vehicle inside.

"As it's closed on Monday, we avoided visitors flow, and enjoyed the place," LuxiaobaoLL wrote in another post, which has also been deleted. According to media reports they stood in the square of Taihemen.

In a post that has since been deleted, the woman claimed the location she stood in was a parking lot where vehicles are allowed to enter through West Prosperity Gate.

Shan Jixiang, the former director of the Palace Museum, according to media reports, explaining the reason behind restricted entry of vehicles noted that from Buckingham Palace in the UK to the Palace of Versailles in France, cars are all not allowed as it's a question of respecting the culture.

Even foreign state guests or foreign heads of state have not received "special treatment" of entering the palace in their cars.

Many netizens were concerned as this might damage the floor tile of the 600-year-old palace. "Many of the tiles can be traced back to hundreds of years, and they are often carefully examined by museum workers," noted one netizen.

When former French president Francois Hollande visited the Palace Museum in Beijing in 2013, his car was parked in front of Meridian Gate, Wumen in Chinese, and he was the first foreign head of state to walk inside in more than ten years, media reports said.

The original post despite its deletion was the top trend on Weibo, as many netizens expressed their outrage, some even questioned as to why the women could enjoy superior treatment than a foreign head of state.

Some also called for finding out the background of the women while questioning if the palace would strictly adhere to the guidelines set for the protection of cultural relics.

According to the Weibo bio of the woman who posted the pictures, she is a flight attendant at Air China. However, the airline said she already quit.

Global Times

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Post time 2020-1-18 10:24:54 |Display all floors

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The same problem exists everyday and everywhere inside China due to sheer lack of strict supervision, carelessness and negligence of duty; though it is a real shock that it happened in such an important cultural site.

Imagine what could have happened if "local terrorists" intentionally planted bombs therein or attacked the site when thousands of tourists / visitors were queuing up as had happened elsewhere not too long ago ?  Thus, it has to be a sort of severe punishment against all those who had violated Chinese rule of law by illegally parking while the ignorance of  responsible "house keepers" are not forgivable. Else, how to keep China safe ?

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12dream Post time: 2020-1-18 19:58
The same problem exists everyday and everywhere inside China due to sheer lack of strict supervisio ...

A laughing stock.

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Post time 2020-1-19 07:32:53 |Display all floors
Achieving materialism at price of good form is something of concern.

In this case, they seem to have forgotten how foreign powers had looted and burned down the Summer Palace until today the descendants if the robbers had to be paid exorbitant sums to get them to return what they had stolen.

Other cultural heritages such as the Forbidden City must similarly be protected and upkept away from poor form behavior and crass commercialism what more thoughtlessness that reflects an inconsiderate break from the importance of the past as living memories of the present.

The opening up may cause some to think it's innocent fun to go where they like and do what they want. But others may see it differently. Like walking into MarALago or taking tourist photos at sensitized sites. Why add fuel to embers and reinforce entrenched prejudices hard to displace?

Channel all surplus human energies to get back personal balance, improve the mind and body and increase productivity for the country.

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Post time 2020-1-19 19:01:59 |Display all floors
markwu Post time: 2020-1-19 07:32
Achieving materialism at price of good form is something of concern.

In this case, they seem to hav ...

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