The recovered items, belonging to a private Hong Kong museum, are displayed in the Zhai Gong exhibit hall in Beijing's Forbidden City, as photographed at the start of the exhibition in April.
POLICE have arrested a man they said broke into China's famed Forbidden City and stole seven art pieces made of gold and jewels, state media reports.
It was the first theft in 20 years from the heavily guarded former home of the country's emperors, the tourist attraction's spokesman Feng Nai'en said, adding that security would be increased.
An investigation found that nine pieces - all small Western-style gold purses and mirrored compacts covered with jewels made in the 20th century - were missing from the temporary exhibition, on loan from the private Liang Yi Museum in Hong Kong.
Two of the missing items were recovered nearby shortly after the theft and were slightly damaged.
State media said today that police had caught a man called Shi Bokui in an internet cafe on Wednesday night who confessed to the robbery.
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