Chinese experts will participate in the restoration of France's Notre-Dame1 cathedral, state media reported on Wednesday.
The 850-year-old cathedral, which was scarred in April after a fire tore through its roof and toppled its spire2, was the most visited historic monument in Europe. Since the blaze, which took 400 firefighters to control, Chinese and French authorities have been in touch about cooperating on restoration efforts, reported official news agency Xinhua. "China has a great deal of experience in renovating3 ancient buildings affected4 by fire, especially ones made of wood," said Chai Xiaoming, director of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage, in an interview with state-run China Daily. "This means we could offer suggestions on how to approach the renovation5 of the oak-framed roof on Notre Dame Cathedral," he said. Citing a document signed by the two countries during President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Beijing, Xinhua said Chinese experts will work with French teams in on-site restoration without elaborating. "China and France will collaborate6 on the theme and model and select Chinese expert candidates for the cooperative restoration work in 2020," it said.