CPC unveils list to shield relics on 99th an­niver­sary

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG KAIHAO wangkai­hao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

On Wed­nes­day, which marked the 99th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, a na­tional county-spe­cific list of con­ser­va­tion ar­eas was re­leased by the Na­tional Cul­tural Her­itage Ad­min­is­tra­tion aimed at bet­ter pro­tect­ing cul­tural relics re­lated to the rev­o­lu­tion­ary years.

The list, con­sist­ing of rev­o­lu­tion­ary relics of me­mo­rial im­por­tance, was also jointly drafted by the Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the Min­istry of Finance and the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism. It in­volves 988 coun­ties in 31 pro­vin­cial-level ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions grouped into 22 con­ser­va­tion ar­eas na­tion­wide.

Among those ar­eas, 17 are re­lated to the CPC-led hubs that fought against Ja­panese in­vaders from 1931 to 1945. The rest are re­lated to the Long March, the North­east Anti-Ja­panese United Army in the 1930s and other Com­mu­nist-led rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment signed by the four cen­tral min­istries and ad­min­is­tra­tions, the move is to fur­ther give pub­lic­ity to the rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit and high­light its im­pe­tus in the progress of the great re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Chi­nese na­tion.

“The an­nounce­ment of the list is only the first step,” said Liu Yang, direc­tor of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary relics depart­ment of the Na­tional Cul­tural Her­itage Ad­min­is­tra­tion. “More poli­cies will fol­low to bet­ter co­or­di­nate the con­ser­va­tion of sites within each area and fa­cil­i­tate their fu­ture dis­play for the pub­lic as a whole.”

Es­tab­lished in Novem­ber, Liu’s depart­ment is in charge of the re­cent sites that are key to Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tions. Fur­ther, 13 pro­vin­cial-level re­gions have also set up spe­cific de­part­ments in their lo­cal gov­ern­ments to bol­ster rel­e­vant work.

“Pro­tec­tion is a pri­or­ity, and cre­ative meth­ods are also needed to use these relics to cre­ate a boom in the lo­cal tourism and cul­ture in­dus­try,” Liu said. “That will help re­vi­tal­ize developmen­t of these for­mer rev­o­lu­tion­ary hubs.”

This is the first expansion of China’s in­au­gu­ral county-spe­cific list on con­ser­va­tion ar­eas of rev­o­lu­tion­ary relics, which was re­leased in March 2019. The pre­vi­ous list in­cluded 645 coun­ties in 20 pro­vin­cial-level ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions.

Many con­ser­va­tion ar­eas are es­tab­lished due to rev­o­lu­tion­ary ac­tiv­i­ties in his­tory and thus go be­yond to­day’s ad­min­is­tra­tive bor­ders. In ad­di­tion, co­op­er­a­tion oc­cur­ring in some re­gions goes be­yond their bound­aries.

For ex­am­ple, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces as well as the Ningxia Hui au­tonomous re­gion, have es­tab­lished a joint ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice over­see­ing the her­itage sites.

The Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Bor­der Re­gion, with its cap­i­tal in Yan’an, Shaanxi, was the core Com­mu­nist move­ment hub in China from 1937 un­til the eve of the found­ing of New China in 1949.

Liu re­vealed that the sys­tem­atic ren­o­va­tion of ar­chi­tec­ture and rel­e­vant cul­tural relics in these con­ser­va­tion ar­eas will be­gin soon, fi­nanced by cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Speak­ing of up­com­ing projects, Liu said a com­pre­hen­sive con­ser­va­tion plan on Long March-re­lated her­itage is be­ing drafted, which will ac­cord­ingly set up some “na­tional cul­tural parks” re­mem­ber­ing this ex­tra­or­di­nary chap­ter in CPC his­tory.

Liu added that ex­hi­bi­tions in rev­o­lu­tion­ary memo­ri­als, mu­se­ums and her­itage sites will be “greatly up­graded” for the cen­ten­nial birth­day of the CPC next year.


The site of a boiler room of the Ja­panese Army Unit 731 dur­ing World War II in Harbin, Hei­longjiang prov­ince.

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