David Hockney in the house: Beijing temple’s revival starts with art museum – Shanghai Xintiandi restorer talks us through the project

When Tony Wong Hong-wang, who has led more than 50 heritage revitalisation projects in China, was invited to restore the Longfu Temple in Beijing, he had reservations.The first temple was built on the site in 1452 by the Jingtai Emperor of the Ming dynasty, and was the only one in the city to accommodate both lamas and monks. Near the Forbidden City and commercial centre Wangfujing, the site gradually evolved into a bustling market hub over the centuries.A fire in 1901 destroyed the original…

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