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in Shang­hai are on the pro­tec­tion list

He also stressed on the need to main­tain the in­tegrity of the orig­i­nal build­ing dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion process, re­fer­ring to how pop­u­lar tourist spot Tianz­i­fang on Taikang Road has lost its char­ac­ter.

“There was in­suf­fi­cient at­ten­tion paid to the cul­tural el­e­ments and the area has now be­come noth­ing more than a clus­ter of eater­ies and shops, de­void of cre­ativ­ity,” he said.

Shang­hai has the strictest system in China when it comes to pro­tect­ing its cul­tural her­itage. The mea­sures taken by the city to pro­tect cul­ture and her­itage span from in­di­vid­ual struc­tures to street scenes to river­side land­scapes and even net­works that cover par­tic­u­lar re­gions and com­mu­ni­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s ur­ban plan­ning, land and re­sources ad­min­is­tra­tion, Shang­hai re­leased its first list of 61 out­stand­ing his­tor­i­cal build­ings in 1989. The lat­est up­date took place in 2015 and there are cur­rently 426 build­ings, in­clud­ing of­fices, res­i­dences and vin­tage fac­tory build­ings, on the list.

Zheng also sug­gested that Shang­hai should op­ti­mize

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