China begins rebuilding 'world's largest arts and history museum'

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BEIJING -- China commenced a nearly two-year-long enlargement project of the National Museum at the heart of its capital on Saturday.

The National Museum, standing to the east of the Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing, used to be one of the ten celebrated constructions after the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949...

According to the project plan, south, north and west wings of the existing buildings will be repaired and reinforced. New buildings will be constructed eastwards...

The National Museum with new buildings will be completed in 2009 and it will cover a land space of 70,000 square meters [750,000 square feet] and 40.3 meters [132 feet] high.

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