Symbolic roof sculpture missing from Summer Palace

2016-02-16 07:02:07 GMT2016-02-16 15:02:07(Beijing Time)  Ecns.cn
A yellow glazed ceramic component, symbolizing an immortal figure riding a phoenix, is found missing on a hall in the Summer Palace. (Photo/The Mirror)A yellow glazed ceramic component, symbolizing an immortal figure riding a phoenix, is found missing on a hall in the Summer Palace. (Photo/The Mirror)

A hall in the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Beijing, has lost a beautiful architectural detail during the Spring Festival, China's Lunar New Year, local newspaper The Mirror reported.

The yellow glazed ceramic component, symbolizing an immortal figure riding a phoenix, was originally located on the hall's ridge, a common form of Chinese imperial roof decoration.

It went missing during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, said Wu Xiaoping, a member of the Beijing Association of Cultural Heritages Protection.

Wu suspects that the figurine was stolen.

The Summer Palace is a popular tourist destination and recreational park with a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces.

The counterpart of the missing part on the temple is on the ridge. (Photo/The Mirror)The counterpart of the missing part on the temple is on the ridge. (Photo/The Mirror)

 

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