Most blame officials for loss of relics, survey finds

08:39, May 14, 2010      

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More than 70 percent of respondents in a recent survey accused government officials of destroying the country's relics for their own political benefit.

The survey polled 2,284 Internet users and was released by the social survey center of the China Youth Daily on Tuesday.

Ninety-three percent of those polled supported preserving old buildings and 72 percent said ancient buildings were demolished because of government officials' push for high local GDP growth.

Of those polled, 50.8 percent were in their 20s and 31.7 percent in their 30s.

The poll came amid recent scandals in which historical sites were pulled down to make way for skyscrapers in the country.

In the past 20 years, about one-third of the former residences of celebrities in Beijing alone have been demolished, including those listed as cultural relics, the China Youth Daily reported.

Nationwide statistics on the destruction of ancient sites in similar cases are unavailable, but many believe the cases are numerous.

In April, an ancient city wall was reportedly destroyed because the transport bureau of Dali in Yunnan province wanted to broaden the road. Also in April, developers filled a scenic lake in Dali's Erhai Park to build a luxury villa.

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