Beijing has selected seven sites -- the ancient imperial city, Beihai Park, Beijing Ancient Observatory, Lugouqiao (Marco Polo) Bridge and Wanping City, Tanzhe Temple, Jietai Temple and Yunju Temple -- in the application for World Heritage of the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Beihai Park will apply as the extension program for the Summer Palace.
As learned from Beijing Bureau of Cultural Relics, the city has stopped large-scale renovation projects inside the imperial city and planned to protect the site, which is China's only well-protected feudal imperial city, through repair and renovation.
The protection program includes: setting Jingshan Park, the Forbidden City, Zhongshan Park, Beijing Working People's Culture Palace, Beihai Park and Zhongnanhai leadership compound as major cultural relics under protection; initially selecting two to six valuable compounds for pilot improvement of the residential environment in concentrated areas; dismantling in stages multi-storey buildings that seriously affect the overall outlook of the imperial city; protecting the 41 sites of preserved city wall and altar wall.
By People's Daily Online