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Danish mermaid statue travels to China


One of Denmark's most famous landmarks is to travel halfway across the globe to take part in this year's World Expo international fair in China.

The Little Mermaid statue - created to celebrate the fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen - has sat on a rock in Copenhagen harbour for 96 years.

It is to be the centrepiece of the Expo's Danish exhibition.

The government says it will show Danish culture to the world, but critics claim it is wrong to turn a cultural treasure into a public relations tool. A video installation by a Chinese artist will take the statue's place until it returns in November.


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