|A staff member closes the gate of the Palace Museum in Beijing on Monday morning. It was the first day of the museum's trial to close on Monday afternoons during the off-season, from Jan 1 to March 31. (Photo/China Daily)|
The Palace Museum in Beijing is closing on Monday afternoons during the off-season.
The museum will open on Mondays from 8:30 am to noon. Ticket sales will stop at 11 am and ticket checking will stop at 11:10 am.
On Feb 11, the second day of the lunar calendar during the Spring Festival holiday, the museum will be open during its normal hours.
In 2012, the museum's one-day record reached 180,000 visitors, and the annual visits hit 15 million.
The museum has been operating at an overload, said Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang.
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