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Updated: 2018-05-29 07:40:14

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The exhibition of 169 displays at the Capital Museum in Beijing includes such items as a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) map of the Grand Canal, and other cultural relics like daily items, pottery and construction materials. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Visiting an ongoing exhibition at the Capital Museum is like reading a book about eastern Beijing's Tongzhou. It tells of the area's early glory and how it was rejuvenated thanks to a canal. Wang Kaihao reports.

The title of an ongoing exhibition in Beijing has four Chinese characters-Ji Fu Tong Hui (a key junction on the outskirts of the capital city)-which are an apt description of Tongzhou, a district in the eastern part of the capital.

Visiting the exhibition-comprising 169 displays-at the Capital Museum in Beijing is like opening a book about Tongzhou. It tells of its early glory and how it was rejuvenated thanks to a canal.

The district has been in the news in recent years after it was designated as Beijing's "sub-center". And this has led to the large-scale construction of infrastructure there.

But as construction began, a well-preserved ancient city dating to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24) was unearthed. The site has been identified as the remains of Luxian county from 195 BC.

The find was among China's top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2016.

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