Foreign Presents on Show

Foreign Presents on Show

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More than 680 gifts presented to China by visiting foreign VIPs are put on show in Beijing. The exhibition was officially opened in September 1984 in the Palace Museum. The gifts, including gold and silverware, wood and ivory carvings, paintings, embroidery, lacquer-ware, glassware and porcelain, are from more than 120 countries.

Among the exhibits is a pair of porcelain swans, presented by former US President Nixon to the late Chairman Mao Zedong. Also on display are statues of Buddha from Southeast Asia, glass vases and plates from Europe, and wood carvings from Africa.
The exhibition was sponsored by the International Friendship Museum, where more than 6,000 gifts are kept.

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