The head of one of the world’s best-known museums is retiring, and as the news spread l
ate Monday, netizens praised him as a tireless guardian and promoter of the nation’s heritage.
The retirement of Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang, 65, whose name has frequently been
in the news, was announced on Monday at a meeting at the museum, also known as the Forbidden City.
Shan “has made the Forbidden City shift from a luxury beyond reach to one that is accessible to ordinary people”, Feng Kaitai, a la
wyer and Weibo user, posted on Monday. “He makes more younger people fall in love with the Forbidden City.”
The museum named Wang Xudong, director of Dunhuang Academy in Gansu province sinc
e 2014, as Shan’s successor. The academy manages and studies the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, also known as th
e Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, including hundreds of temples at a Silk Road crossroads.
tension if it plans to change course and tack toward a softer departure. That would, however, require the U.K. to particip
ate in elections for the European Parliament in late May — something both the bloc and the British government have sought to avoid.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the bloc was open to extending the departure process by “six or nine or 12 months.”
The political morass has left Britons on both sides of the debate frustrated and angry. S
ome Brexit supporters, who had planned to be celebrating Friday, were protesting instead.
Thousands converged on Parliament Square as lawmakers voted inside, waving Union Jack flags and singing, “Bye-Bye EU.”
Retired charity worker Mandy Childs, one of a band of hard-core Brexit supporter
s walking across England to London under the slogan “Leave Means Leave,” said she felt “heartbroken.”
“We were told over a 100 times by a British prime minister that we would be leaving on the 29th of March, 2019,” she said.
“To do that, promise the British people that and then say ‘Actually, no, we need to just put it back’ — absolute betrayal. And how dare she?”