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World cultural heritage in China to enjoy strict protection

By Yang Xuemei (People's Daily)

11:05, April 21, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The World Cultural Heritage Monitoring Center was recently established in the Summer Palace, bringing heritage monitoring into scientific management.

The world cultural heritage monitoring centers in the West Lake of Hangzhou and in the Imperial Palace had respectively been established in July 2011 and December 2011.

China joined the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985 and owned the first batch of world heritage in 1987. At present, China has a total of 41 world heritage sites, ranking the first in the world.

Tong Mingkang, deputy director general of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said that there are four characteristics for China's world heritage sites. Firstly, they are various, almost including all varieties in the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Secondly, they are widespread, involving plains, mountainous areas, deserts, islands and plateaus. Thirdly, they range over vast time span, with the time span between the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian and the Diaolou in Kaiping exceeding 500,000 years. Fourthly, they are multicultural, including both heritage sites with Han culture and that of ethnic culture.

Chinese wisdom is needed to publicize these world cultural heritage sites. The Chinese government poured great efforts into the world heritages. For example, Chinese financial department set up "special funds for the world cultural heritage protection" and the National Department and Reform Committee increased the investment to protect the major world heritage facilities of China.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture published the "Management Method on the World Cultural Heritage Protection" in 2006 to monitor and patrol the world cultural heritage and those included in the "Preparatory List of the World Cultural Heritage in China." the world cultural heritage which suffered destruction in value, authenticity and completeness due to poor protection will be included in the "Alert List of the World Cultural Heritage in China." In December 2006, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage published "the Management Method on monitoring and patrolling the World Cultural Heritage in China," defining the monitor procedure, duty and contents and standardizing monitor conduct.

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