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Journeys in time 2010-5-17 National Treasures (22) -Saving the old towns

05-17-2010 17:21 BJT

In today’s programme, we’ll examine the work that has been done to save some of China’s old towns. The breakneck speed of urbanization across China has left many cities facing tough choices between preservation and modernization. For the planners and decision-makers, the challenge of safeguarding history can sometimes seem almost insurmountable. So, is it possible to press ahead with conservation and urbanization simultaneously?   

Xi’an, as one of the country’s most famous historical and cultural sites, has any number of famous sites. One of them is Daming Palace. For centuries, it was neglected. Since 2006, however, a raft of preservation measures have been introduced, encompassing not only the Palace itself, but also its surroundings.

Lijiang was once plagued by unsightly electric pylons and power lines. But the authorities found a solution to the problem. How did they manage it? 

Recent years have seen the tourism potential of places of historical and cultural interest being increasingly exploited. Visitors, it seems, are becoming more and more interested in places associated with historical events and with stories to tell. For the local residents, the economic benefits can be significant, which means that it can be well worth their time, to preserve the local history.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV.CN

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