Old ar­chi­tec­ture makes new preser­va­tion list

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.”

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