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The State Bureau of Cultural Relics or the administrative departments for cultural relics of the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government shall, on the basis of condition of protection and control and the actual needs, designate museums, libraries or other institutions under ownership by the whole people (hereinafter referred to as collection units of cultural relics under ownership by the whole people) to store up the cultural relics unearthed. An approval from the State Bureau of Cultural Relics or the administrative department for cultural relics of the people's government of the relevant province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government is required, where an archaeological excavation unit has the need to keep cultural relics as specimens.

Chapter IV Cultural Relics in the Collection of Cultural Institutions

Article 26 Cultural relics collected by the collection units of cultural relics under ownership of the whole people shall be registered with the relevant administrative department of cultural relics. The administrative departments for cultural relics of the people's governments of counties, autonomous counties and cities shall report the files of the registered valuable cultural relics to the administrative departments for cultural relics of the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government for the record. The files of Grade One cultural relics registered by the administrative departments for cultural relics of the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government shall be reported to the State Bureau of Cultural Relics for the record. The specific measures shall be formulated by the State Bureau of Cultural Relics.

Article 27 The collection units of cultural relics under ownership by the whole people shall be equipped with the facilities and means needed to ensure the security of cultural relics, and shall set up files for the cultural relics according to the relevant regulations of the State and take care of the cultural relics according to their categories and grades.

Article 28 Where the collection units of cultural relics under ownership by the whole people are to reproduce or restore any collected Grade One cultural relics, they shall report to the State Bureau of Cultural Relics for approval.

Article 29 The administrative departments for cultural relics at higher levels may allocate, transfer or borrow the cultural relics controlled by the administrative departments for cultural relics at lower levels. The collection units of cultural relics under ownership by the whole people may exchange or borrow their collected cultural relics among them, with the approval of the relevant administrative departments for cultural relics.

The allocation, transfer, exchange and borrowing of Grade One cultural relics shall be submitted to the State Bureau of Cultural Relics for approval.

The allocation, transfer, exchange and borrowing of Grades Two and Three cultural relics and ordinary cultural relics shall be submitted to the administrative departments for cultural relics of the people's governments of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government for approval.

Chapter V Cultural Relics in Private Collections

Article 30 Cultural relics in citizens' private collections may be registered with the administrative departments for cultural relics. The administrative department for cultural relics and their staff members shall keep the cultural relics registered by the citizen secret.

Article 31 Citizens may ask the administrative department for cultural relics for technological advice and help concerning the expertise, preservation and restoration of cultural relics in their private collections.

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