Day 9/25 Days of Christmas Music
Lindsey Stirling “What Child is This”—
Just read some articles on Chinese street food & now I’m craving roasted sweet potato and jianbing. Why do I do this to myself.
Stress is bad because I go on shopping sprees. Bought an starship Enterprise plush, interactive tribble (it PURRS!), & signed 1st editions of Mattimeo and Mossflower. However I don’t regret buying any of that. Dad just gives me money for Christmas anyway so I’ll just pretend like these are from him.
Forbidden City to open new area
Director of the Palace Museum, Shan Jixiang, announced on December 8 that by the year 2020, which will mark the 600th birthday of the Palace Museum, the area available to the public will reach 76 percent of the total area. By that time, the overall relic restoration project of the imperial palace will be finished, and the western part of the palace which was resided mainly by the royal females, will be open to the public.
According to Shan, when the Palace Museum started its renovation in 2002, the open area consisted of about 30 percent, now it’s at 52 percent, with an expected 76 percent to be opened in eight years.
"The western part of the Palace Museum was called the ‘female world’ in the past as it was the residential area of empresses and concubines. The area is mysterious to the outside world and has never been open to the public since the museum’s establishment 88 years ago,” said Shan, "Women who lived in the court had plenty of spare time, hence the area is mainly occupied by gardens and temples.”