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Greetings from the Curator

 

Curator Chan Laiwa

 

Welcome to visit our website.

There is an old saying in China which goes like this “it is the river which got a better source that runs longer, the tree which got a deeper root grows greater”. Traditional Chinese culture has a long history and is deeply rooted in Chinese people’s minds, while the red sandalwood sculpture and classic furniture is a part of that.

Based on the consideration of promoting culture, I founded the museum which was opened to the public on September 19, 1999, just before the 50th anniversary of People’s Republic of China. We have around one thousand pieces of collections, which makes the museum the largest private museum specialized in research and collection of red sandalwood sculpture and classic furniture in China and even in the world.

Since its establishment, it has received tourists and many high level officials from all over the world, becoming one of the important places for international communications. On July 13, 2001, I donated a red sandalwood sculpture “National Gate” to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games to commemorate the success. In 2008, the President of International Paralympic Games Philip Craven and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson all took the museum as their last stop in Beijing.

From 2005 to 2007, China Red Sandalwood Museum donated large red sandalwood models of ancient buildings to five major museums in the world as the Kyushu National Museum, Dresden State Art Collections, Smithsonian Institution, National de Chambord and the Palace Museum. The “China Red Sandalwood Cultural Tour” has become an activity promoting the cultural exchange between China and the world. China’s ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong said red sandalwood’s value was beyond the worth itself in connecting China and the world.

“Inheriting, Development, Innovation” is our tenet. We will continue our efforts in promoting traditional Chinese culture.

Here, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all friends who have given us precious supports.

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