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The gold mask uncovered from the Sanxingdui site is 28cm in height.

THE recently discovered gold mask from the Sanxingdui archaeological site – sporting similar exotic features to those of previously unearthed bronze face masks – has drawn enormous interest.

Located in south-west China’s Sichuan province, the Sanxingdui Ruins site dates back over 3,200 years. More than 1,000 artefacts were recovered in an excavation in 1986, including bronzeware with exotic markings, face masks with protruding pupils and an exquisite 3.95m-divine tree believed to have been worshipped as the ladder to heaven.

Explore the discoveries at Sanxingdui Ruins in this month’s China Watch, which also takes you to Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo in the Jiangsu province, highlighting the works of its innovative zookeeper Shen Zhijun.

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Shen visiting an orang-utan at Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo.

Striving to provide better living conditions for the animals at the zoo, Shen has introduced facilities like a bathing pool for elephants and a leafy playground for orang utans.

To overcome the zoo’s financial difficulties posed by the pandemic, Shen has enabled online animal adoption whereby donors will receive regular video updates about their adopted animals and adopters could also visit them at the zoo. Thanks to this fundraising programme, the zoo got to overcome its financial challenges.

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Shanghai Disney Resort unveiled new character costumes in celebration of the resort's fifth anniversary.

Fans of Universal Studios are in for a treat as China Watch pans its focus to Universal Beijing Resort – a widely anticipated theme park destination featuring all-new attractions along with the best Universal rides, shows and attractions from around the world.

The long wait for fans of Transformers, Harry Potter and Kung Fu Panda to ride on one of the world’s best themed roller coasters is over as the latest Universal theme park is set for a trial run next month.

Expecting over six million visitors in its first year, Universal Beijing Resort is the first international theme park in Beijing – five years after the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort which reopened in May last year after its closure for over 100 days due to the pandemic.

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A staff checking the bird's nests at a processing and trade centre in the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park.

Over in China’s southern frontier area at the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park is expecting great things happening with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free-trade agreement.

The China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park is a cooperative project between the Chinese and Malaysian governments. Since 2012, it has made huge contributions to promoting bilateral economic collaboration such as the thriving trade in specialty commodities like durian and bird’s nest.

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