The Imperial Palace Scandals
The Beijing Palace Museum has recently come under scrutiny
for the theft and destruction of numerous ancient relics.
Then comes the latest scandal, where Imperial Palace police
colluded with tour guides to divide the spoils.
This was later exposed.
The Palace heads tried to bribe insiders to keep things quiet.
Some Palace personnel claimed that the incident is an internal
affair, despite similar previous incidents within the Palace.
By calling it an “internal affair” the Palace bosses hoped to
divert public attention away from the Palace』s wrong doings.
However, in the end, they failed.
China』s Caixin Online said this “muzzling” case occurred
in 2009, when the Palace tour guides conspired with
Palace police to let tourists into the Palace through side doors.
Instead of buying tickets, the tourists gave the money directly
to the tour guides who shared the money with Palace police.
This illegal procedure was later videoed by someone who
asked the Palace for 200,000 yuan (US$31,160) to keep quiet.
In the end, the Palace paid only100,000 yuan (US$15,580).
The Imperial Palace』s scandals have been exposed one by one,
including scandals such as stealing, word misspellings,
clubbing, Ge Kiln, hiding the truth and auction,
and today』s Muzzling Case.
Under the weight of media pressure,
the Imperial Palace was compelled to respond to the case
and confessed that this did in fact happen.
The staff of the Imperial Palace was quoted in the Beijing
Morning Post as saying that the recent series of incidents
was caused by internal conflicts within the Imperial Palace.
The Taiwan-based China Times said that the Imperial Palace
had to directly respond to the scandal,
even if it was a so-called internal affair.
The paper also said that labeling this incident
as an “internal affair,” was meant to fool the public.”
Prior to this incident, there was a high quality national relic,
called the Ge Kiln Porcelain, which was from Song Dynasty
and reportedly valued at 20 million yuan (US$3,116,000).
Although it fell and broke into pieces, the Imperial Palace
hid the truth from the public
and did not release any news
of the incident until about one month later.
According to rules, such accidents
should be reported immediately.
Lawyer, Zhang Shenggui, from the Beijing Tianyi Law Firm
said such national treasure cases amounts to a criminal offense.
The Palace Museum said on its official website that
there are only 8,000 pieces of first grade national treasures,
ten of which are from Ge Kiln in the Song Dynasty,.
Chinese antique expert, Mr. Zhang, told NTD reporters that
he was not amazed at all by these scandals,
given his knowledge of the chaotic management in the Palace.
Mr. Zhang: “Actually, it』s not big news.
Even though there were security measures in place
such as dimming, electrical inductors, sound controls, guards,
dogs, and walls, thieves still managed to succeed.
This all about poor management.”
The Caixin Online recently said that a wooden folding screen
from the Qing Dynasty was damaged when being soaked.
The Imperial Palace contested the news story,
claiming that the soaking was a normal maintenance
procedure used to clean the dust off the item.
There was an internal emergency meeting held on Aug. 9,
where it was agreed upon that the incident was to be reported
as an accident caused by cracked pipe cracks,
which damaged the screen.
Senior eco-political critic, Lin Baohua, said that the
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was highly corrupt,
resulting in widespread corruption in its affiliated organizations,
and the CCP cares little about China』s national treasures.
Lin Baohua: “They care for nothing but money,
ignoring China』s ancient culture, its beliefs, etc.
They don』t pay attention to any of it!”
Professor Zhang Tianliang of George Mason University:
“There are a big number of unreported cases like this.
Many cases are covered up by the CCP』s complicated
bureaucracy, which has turned China into the country
where social justice no longer exists and
where media censorship abounds.
Prof. Zhang also talked about the richness of Chinese culture,
such as the custom of honoring the Divine,
the principles of kindness, wit, and honesty,
which are displayed through ancient cultural relics,
They were sadly destroyed by the CCP in Cultural Revolution.
Today, these treasures are only used by the CCP for profit.
NTD reporters Chang Chun ，Li Qian and Bo Ni