CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

China launches investigation against luxurious clubs in protected cultural heritages

06-03-2011 14:27 BJT

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- China has launched a nationwide investigation of illegal luxury clubs run by public museums and other cultural heritage institutions, following public concerns over an exclusive club for wealthy people in the Forbidden City.

Dong Baohua, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said Friday that the administration has ordered local cultural heritage protection authorities to investigate any possible cases and report their findings next Tuesday.

The senior official vowed harsh punishments for those who are found to be breaching laws and regulations by using public facilities to conduct business operations.

The investigation will also target business operations that are not intended for public welfare purposes or that endanger cultural relics, according to a notice issued by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

The public voiced fierce criticism after the discovery of an exclusive club in the Forbidden City's Jianfu Palace, where memberships are reported to cost 1 million yuan (153,846 U.S. dollars).

However, the inappropriate use of cultural relics does not seem to be confined to the Forbidden City.

The management of a high-end hotel under construction in the world's largest imperial garden, the Imperial Summer Resort (Summer Mountain Villa) in the city of Chengde in north China's Hebei Province, had attempted to turn the garden into an exclusive club with membership fees of 200,000 yuan.

Their attempts were shot down by the cultural bureau of cultural heritage last month.

Lang Junshan, head of the bureau, said the hotel was meant to receive tourists and must be open to the public.

The villa residence of Soong May-ling (wife of Chiang Kai-shek, the late leader of China's Nationalist Party) in Nanjing, which was listed as a historical and cultural site under state protection in 2001, has reportedly been turned into a high-end restaurant for the purpose of hosting wedding banquets.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program