Beijing, Dec 31 (TruthDive): China has one of the richest heritages in the world. A report after a census conducted by the government’s own State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) shockingly revealed that China’s rich cultural heritage is literally disappearing.
According to a survey which concludes the country’s first heritage census for more than 20 years, the group said that about 44,000 ancient ruins, temples and other cultural locales have vanished, while about one-quarter of the sites that are still in existence are in a fragile or poor state. The census also didn’t specifically mention any new buildings or monuments
The SACH registered 766,722 cultural heritage sites across the vast country (including the ones which have been damaged or have disappeared).
An unnamed official told Chinese state media that many cultural sites have been demolished to make room for construction projects (in the name of economic progress).
Liu Xiaohe, deputy director of the survey, confirmed that assertion, noting that the Shaanxi province has suffered the worst damage losing more than 3,700 cultural sites, followed by Hunan (2474) and Hebei (1924).
“(These results) have raised higher requirements for our country’s cultural relic’s management, protection, scientific research and utilization,” Shan Jixiang, director of the SACH, told Chinese media.
In the worst-affected region, Shaanxi province, which is the home of the terracotta warriors, the statistics indicate that more than 3,500 cultural sites have vanished.
Shan added that the government should enact laws and regulations to protect the remaining heritage sites.
BBC Correspondents say that even the iconic Great Wall of China has been threatened by erosion and unauthorized development, as conservation rules are flouted by hikers and exploited by local villagers who charge their own admission fees.
Sadly, some illegal miners in an attempt to prospect gold have knocked holes and damaged the Qin Dynasty part of the Great Wall two years ago.