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Beijing reveals new batch of underground relic troves

(People's Daily)

15:26, August 16, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

Beijing Municipal Government released the fourth batch of cultural relic areas buried underground recently, covering 20 areas in 11 districts and counties, according to the latest government communiqué.

The delineation of cultural relics areas buried underground is designed to address the conflicts between project construction and relic protection. The concept of "cultural relics areas buried underground" differs from a protected cultural unit and it covers a larger range in which any project should make way for archaeological exploration and excavation, said a cultural relics expert.

The two largest cultural relics areas buried underground released this time are both in Daxing District. One is Qingyundian Cultural Relics Area Buried Underground, which covers an area of nearly 3,500 hectares and is mainly a set of ancient tombs. The other is Yizhuang Cultural Relics Area Buried Underground, covering an area of nearly 2,900 hectares, and hundreds of ancient tombs and ancient klin sites have been excavated there.

Beijing has released three batches of underground cultural relics buried areas before the current one in order to purify the historical city's cultural relic protection system.

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