The novel coronavirus outbreak and its attendant restrictions have led to the renaissance of domestic tourism in China and the rise in the popularity of the national cultural heritage sites. As the restrictions are set to stay in 2022, concern grows over the preservation of some sites. Many cultural sites, therefore, remain unguarded and exposed to various dangers.
In this context, China has introduced a plan to improve the preservation of its cultural wonders. Based on a newly issued document, the government plans to preserve and build their “cultural parks”, with the basis set around 3 themes: the Great Wall, the Long March, and the Grand Canal.
This document includes the goals, ideas, and specific measures to be taken from 2021 to 2035 to guarantee that the cultural sites of China remain preserved.
From the Great Wall to the Grand Canal
With regards to the first theme, the plan consists of three phases, with the first one set to begin already this year and is expected to finish by 2035.
The idea is to structuralize the cultural parks into 4 areas, from the conservation area and exhibition area to the culture area and the utilization area. The entire plan is very ambitious and complex with the aim to find the right balance between tourism and preservation.
The Long March national park’s aim is, again, to improve the preservation of national cultural heritage as well as enhance the development of the local regions.
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