The curator of the Beijing Palace Museum arrived in Taiwan Sunday to arrange a local exhibition of Chinese relics.

The four-day visit by Zheng Xinmiao follows an unprecedented visit to Beijing last month by the director of Taipei's National Palace Museum.

Beijing has agreed to send 29 Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) relics to Taiwan for a joint exhibition in October.

The bulk of artifacts in Taipei's main museum were taken from the Forbidden City by the Nationalists as they fled the Chinese mainland at the end of the civil war in 1949.  The Taiwan museum holds around 650,000 items spanning 7,000 years of Chinese history.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.