Caixin reporters Wang Xiaoqing and Zhou Qun examine the state of cultural heritage protection in China and the role that businesses and local governments play in the preservation of ancient buildings and heritage sites.
Top 10 Chinese Cultural Events of 2012 (China.Org.CN)
China.Org.CN lists its top 10 cultural events of 2012, which include the auction of the Guoyunlou (过云楼) book collection, the demolition of Liang Sicheng (梁思成) and Lin Huiyin’s (林徽因) house in Beijing, the CCTV documentary “A Bite of China” (舌尖上的中国), and Mo Yan (莫言) winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.
China Has 3,589 Museums Nationwide (Xinhua)
A recent report showed that China is home to 3,589 museums, of which 535 are privately owned. China will be focussing on improving the quality of existing museums as well as further promoting free museum admission.
Henan Invests Heavily in Cultural Heritage (China Daily)
Reporter Shi Baoyin meets with the Director of the Henan Cultural Heritage Bureau (河南省文物局), Chen Ailan (陈爱兰), and finds out what heritage officials in Henan Province (河南省) are doing to preserve and protect the province’s many historical and archaeological sites.
Photos of the thousand-year-old Wan’an timber arch bridge (万安桥) in the village of Changqiao (长桥) in Fujian Province (福建省).
China’s State Council has banned the use of heritage sites in business operations and has stressed that historical buildings and immovable cultural relics must not be treated as business assets.
Ancient Fishing Tradition Reels in Catch of the Day (China Daily)
Members of Jilin Province’s (吉林省) ethnic Mongolian community are currently taking part in a winter fishing event at Chagan Lake (查干湖) using methods that date back centuries.
Lhasa’s Old City Zone Gets Face-Lift (Xinhua)
Lhasa’s city government will be investing 1.2 billion yuan on a renovation plan which will improve public services and infrastructure as well as preserve the Tibetan capital’s religious and historic sites.
Ma Wan: An Island Losing Heritage to Modernity (South China Morning Post)
Jennifer Ngo writes about the impact modernity has had on the old fishing villages and heritage sites of Ma Wan (马湾) island in Hong Kong.
From the Blogosphere:
The Tulou of Fujian Province: Life in the Round (Life on Nanchang Lu)
Fiona visits Yongding County (永定县) in Fujian Province (福建省) and learns more about the Hakka (客家) people’s unique round rammed earth houses, or tulou (土楼).
Willa talks about her experiences of living and studying in China and shares some tips for learning Mandarin.
A Slice of Rural Life in Sichuan Province: Dazu (You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?)
Steve enjoys a slice of rural life in Dazu (大足) in the municipality of Chongqing (重庆).