Pakistan and China have jointly organized an exhibition called ‘Gandhara Heritage along the Silk Road’ at the Palace Museum in Beijing to promote tourism between the two countries. The exhibition, inaugurated by the Minister for Culture and Tourism (MCT), Hu Heping, will run for three months, showcasing relics and Gandhara objects lent by renowned museums from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Taxila, and National Museum Karachi.
According to a press release by the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), the exhibition was organized by the Palace Museum and Department of Archaeology and Museums in China, and National Heritage and Cultural Division in Pakistan. The exhibition features a diverse range of artifacts, sculptures, and other items that represent the Gandharan culture.
The Palace Museum, which attracts 14 million tourists every year, will provide a gateway to improving geopolitical relations between the two countries. The exhibition is also expected to boost tourism in Pakistan, and China and Pakistan have declared the year 2023 as the year of tourism exchange between them. A large number of Pakistani expatriates residing in China, Chinese officials, and others are attending the event.
Over 170 art pieces from various museums in Pakistan will be showcased at the Palace Museum in Beijing. On this occasion, the Federal Secretary of the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture Division, Fareena Mazhar, stated that the exhibition would help boost ties between the two nations by promoting mutual understanding.