China announces eighth batch of national-level protected sites

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/10/10 18:23:40

Liu Yuzhu, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, receives an interview after the opening meeting of the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 3, 2019. Photo: Xinhua

A total of 762 major historical and cultural sites have been recognized as national-level protected sites, Liu Yuzhu, head of China's National Cultural Heritage Administration, announced at a press conference on Thursday.

This eighth batch of national-level protected sites includes 167 ancient sites, 30 ancient tombs, 280 ancient buildings, 39 cave temples and stone carvings and 234 important historical buildings. A large percentage of the sites are located in North China's Shanxi Province, Central China's Henan Province and East China's Zhejiang Province. 

"We paid attention to the cultural sites' value and quality when selecting sites for the eighth batch. We also chose those that could fill the gaps in the previous seven batches," said Song Xinchao, deputy director of China's National Cultural Heritage Administration. 

"Our next step is to manage the protection and utilization of these cultural sites, and continuously introduce new policies to promote their utilization, maximize their vitality and further enhance cultural confidence," Liu said. 

This brings the number of national-level protected sites in China to 5,058. The list includes 1,194 ancient sites, 418 ancient tombs, 2,160 ancient buildings, 307 cave temples and stone carvings, and 952 important historical and representative buildings.


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