China picks second batch of "10 Famous Historical and Cultural Streets"

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Qingming Bridge in Wuxi,east China's Jiangsu Province.
China's second batch of "10 Famous Historical and Cultural Streets" was announced on June 12, the fifth Chinese Cultural Heritage Day, in Suzhou, a city of southeast China's Jiangsu Province.


China's second batch of "10 Famous Historical and Cultural Streets" was announced on June 12, the fifth Chinese Cultural Heritage Day, in Suzhou, a city of southeast China's Jiangsu Province.

The ten "Famous Streets" are Qingming Bridge in Wuxi, Ciqikou in Chongqing, Duolun Street in Shanghai, Dongguan Street in Yangzhou, Five Avenues in Tianjin, Shantang Street in Suzhou, Angangxi Luoxiya in Qiqihar, Yandai Street in Beijing, Ancient Street in Zhangzhou, Zhongshan Road in Quanzhou.

As an integral part of famous historical and cultural cities, historical and cultural areas are not only a special type of cultural heritage, but are also places where the general public lives their daily lives.

To introduce China's Famous Historical and Cultural Streets to the Chinese people and the world step by step, an activity jointly sponsored by organizations including the China Cultural Daily and the Society for the Chinese Culture Promotion Society was launched in July 2008. Over 200 street blocks participated in the activity of "Selection, Introduction and Promotion of China's Famous Historical and Cultural Streets", which has been approved by the Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

Six major criteria were adopted to evaluate participating streets: historical importance, cultural significance, preservation, economic vitality, social visibility, protection and management. Up to now, more than 1.4 million votes have been collected from the general public.

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