Tian'anmen Rostrum to close for renovation

2018-06-13 02:25:30 GMT2018-06-13 10:25:30(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The Tian'anmen Rostrum at the heartof China's capital is scheduled for renovations starting Friday,according to the management committee of the Tian'anmen Area.

The renovation plan for the landmark gate tower in Beijing haswon approval from the State Administration of Cultural Heritagewith the renovation work starting Friday, said the committee.

The temporary closure is to avoid potential safety risks totourists.

Situated in front of the renowned Forbidden City, north ofTian'anmen Square, the Tian'anmen Rostrum is photographed by alarge number of visitors each day.

The structure is scheduled to be reopened to the public latenext April, but the renovation work is expected to be completelyfinished late next May, it said.

Over the years, the Tian'anmen Rostrum has faced problemsincluding water percolation, peeling paint, and general wear andtear.

The gate tower, whose name literally means the Gate of HeavenlyPeace, was where China's late Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed thefounding of the People's Republic of China and where his successorswitnessed the grand ceremonies of China's anniversaries.

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