51 Chinese mainland Zhongshan Parks apply for World Cultural Heritage

13:24, October 14, 2010      

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Recently, some reports claimed that the 51 Zhongshan Parks, which are parks honoring Chinese nationalist Sun Yat-sen, on the Chinese mainland were planning to apply for the World Cultural Heritage together. However, an official of Beijing Zhongshan Park said it was just a plan, but now is not the right time to do it.

Yang Mingjin, the president of the Beijing Zhongshan Park's labor union, said: "Zhongshan Park has the greatest number of homonymous parks in the world." Yang said the Beijing Zhongshan Park, once named as She Ji Tan, was a part of the Forbidden City, and its name changed to Zhongshan Park in 1928.

China constructed a series Zhongshan Parks throughout the whole country to pay respect to Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary known as the Father of Modern China ("Zhongshan" are the same characters and pronunciations as Sun's name) in the period of the Republic of China (1912-1949). Now, there are 75 Zhongshan Parks all over the world, 51 of which located in Chinese mainland, 19 are in regions of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, and another five are in other countries.

Yang Mingjin said representatives of more than 20 Zhongshan Parks in China gathered in Wuhan and established the "Zhongshan Park Fellowship" in December 2002. Back then, someone suggested that the 51 Zhongshan Parks on the Chinese mainland apply for World Cultural Heritage together, but the plan was never carried out.

"Every Zhongshan Park has a different historical background and developing situation, so we are still not sure to apply for it in what reasons and ways." Yang said. However, he also emphasized that applying should definitely be their final goal.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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