Gifts from The Palace Museum
Established in 1925, the Palace Museum was installed in the imperial palace of two consecutive dynasties - the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911). It is not only one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world at large but also an artistic and culture symbol of China.
In 2014, the Palace Museum launched several series of "Culture and Creative products", including room decorations, clothing, stationery, etc. In 2016, Cultural and Creative Industry became one of the fastest developing industry in China.
The Royal Cats
A report from 2014 indicates that there were 181 cats roaming around in the Palace Museum. They are the descendants of the royal pets and actually preventing the antiques from rat infestation. Many staffs at the Palace Museum voluntarily set up a foundation to buy cats food and build a warm place for cars in winters.
The director of the Palace Museum said: "they (the cats) are the part of the museum's culture and they deserve to live with dignity." Then the Palace Museum registered and "hired" these cats as "special security” preventing rat infestation.
Later that year, the Palace Museum launched several series of "Culture and Creative Products" including decorations, clothing, notebooks, etc. The most famous one was the "Royal Cats" series.