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MOHURD: 10 Cities as the First Group of Pilot Cities for Historic Building Protection
In order to fully practice the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, enhance the protection and inheritance of cultural heritage, and fully exert the utilization value of historic building, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) recently released the list of the first group of pilot cities for historic building protection, which include: Beijing, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Yangzhou, Yantai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, and Huangshan.

MOHURD will establish a platform for the promotion of “historic building protection and utilization” pilots to summarize and communicate related experiences. It has released a notice to put forward specific requirements for the work. According to the notice, the pilot work will start in December 2017 and last for one year. The highlights of the work include 6 aspects: establishing a work mechanism guided by the government and supported by joint actions of multi departments; carrying out census and completing filing and listing of historical buildings; innovating the route of rational utilization and fully exerting the utilization value; improving the technical standards and practicing scientific protection and utilization; innovating related review and approval procedures for protection and forming a joint force; and expanding the funding channels and maintaining a positive fund circulation. All pilot cities should stress the organization of the work, strengthen cross department collaboration, and formulate schemes for the pilot work. Each city should assess current conditions of historic buildings, find out problems, seize the focuses, clarify the goal, and make customized plans, so as to facilitate related work in the city. All pilot cities should submit their schemes for review and approval by the housing and urban-rural development (planning) department at the provincial level before reporting to MOHURD for record by Jan. 31, 2018. Meanwhile, regarding the problems of disconnection between historic building protection and utilization, over-simplified utilization, and single fund sources, efforts should also be put into the institutional mechanism and exploring the means and guarantee measures for fully exerting the value of historic building in the new era. Related experiences should be summarized, and the progress made should be reported to MOHURD quarterly.

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