Old architecture makes new preservation list
Ninety-eight sites were featured in the first edition of the 20th-Century Chinese Architectural Heritage List, which was drafted by the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics and the Architectural Society of China.
Landmark architecture of New China, like the Great Hall of the People and the Monument to the People's Heroes, ranked high on the list.
“Many of the included structures have abundant stories and are witnesses of historical vicissitude, and they are thus alive,” said Shan Jixiang, head of the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics. “However, more historical communities from the 20th century outside the list are endangered.”
According to Gu Yucai, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, “The list shows that a new type has been added into categories of immovable cultural heritage sites ... This meets common practice in the rest of world.”