On the east side of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China draws crowds
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After 15 years as a volunteer interpreter, Zhang has a large following in the museum and on social media. People ask for his duty roster in order to catch his tours. His book on the
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Zhang started volunteering in 2003, when he was a law student at university. Unlike his
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He recalls being mesmerized by treasures he had seen only in textbooks on his first visit to the National Museum. Zhang learned his guide was a volunteer and he immediately delivered his resume. Two months later, he had a volunteer job.
Every weekend, he would rise early, and take a two-hour bus trip from his campus to the
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“I like being close to these precious relics. It’s fantastic,” he says, “and it is free.”
Sometimes he also volunteers in other museums including the Forbidden City and the China Millennium Monument. He continued volunteering after starting a paid job.
In 2009, he won a national museum interpreter competition, which brought him national acclaim and accolades such as “Beijing May Fourth Medal”, the highest honor for young Beijingers.
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However, Zhang believes he has a responsibility to show that a museum interpreter can be a
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Zhang asks questions to involve his audience and enriches official scripts with interesting
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