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Seven Ministries Jointly Issue a Circular to Protect Chinese Traditional Villages
On Jun. 23, 2015, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Culture, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the China National Tourism Administration jointly issued a circular to make specific arrangements for the preservation of Chinese traditional villages in 2015. The circular clarifies that the central government would fund the preservation of Chinese traditional villages, and the focus in 2015 is to include those within the first two batches of Chinese Traditional Villages, which have not yet been covered by the central government grant funds. Provincial departments of housing and urban-rural development, culture, cultural relics, finance, land and resources, agriculture, and tourism should submit a file by Jul. 10, 2015 to the seven ministries in accordance with relevant policies, to apply for financial support from the central government. The circular requires relevant departments to continue an investigation on traditional villages, emphasizing those village which have not yet been included into the list of the first three batches of Chinese Traditional Villages and timely uploading it to the Chinese traditional village information system (village.mohurd.gov.cn); to establish local traditional villages directory, in order to cover the villages of highly protective value which have not been written in the list of Chinese Traditional Villages; to do well in the implementation and daily supervision on Chinese Traditional Villages preservation projects in accordance with the approved development plans, to speed up the establishment of the listed protection system, and to strictly enforce the rural construction planning permission system. 

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