Directions: In this part of the test, you will hear 2 passages in Chinese. After you have heard each sentence or paragraph, interpret it into English. Start interpreting at the signal... and stop it at the signal... You may take notes while you are listening. Remember you will hear the passages only once. Now, let us begin Part B with the first passage.
Compared with Western countries, China set out much later to build its museums, and the development of museums in the country was slow in the past.
The first public museum of the country, Nantong Museum, was founded in Nantong, a city of east China's Jiangsu Province, in 1905.
In November 1949, China's Ministry of Culture established the Cultural Relics Administrative Bureau, which began management of the 21 museums in the country. Since then, museum administrative authorities at different levels have been gradually established throughout the country.
Especially after the start of the reform and opening up in 1978, with the improvement of China's overall national strength, Chinese museums have witnessed a more rapid development/ begun developing more rapidly.