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The 7th List of Famous Historical and Cultural Towns and Villages of China Publicized
The 7th List of Famous Historical and Cultural Towns and Villages of China was recently publicized after being approved by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA). On the basis of recommendation by different areas and after the assessment by related experts, 60 towns represented by Yincheng Town, Shangdang District, Changzhi City of Shanxi Province are entitled Chinese Famous Historical and Cultural Towns, and 211 villages represented by Lüjia Village, Nanzhangcheng Town, Jingxing County of Hebei Province are entitled Chinese Famous Historical and Cultural Villages.

According to the requirements by the MOHURD, all areas should combine the protection of Famous Historical and Cultural Towns and Villages with the improvement of town and village human settlements, and the promotion of excellent traditional Chinese culture. Efforts should be put into clarifying the mechanism of protection for Famous Historical and Cultural Towns and Villages, improving related protection management regulation, efficiently supervising, monitoring, and managing the formulation and implementation of protection planning, and firmly forbidding construction activities that are against related protection plans. In addition, the activity of transference of historical and cultural resources to enterprises for profitable operation will be strictly forbidden.

Relevant persons in charge with the MOHURD stressed that the MOHURD and the NCHA will carry out assessment and examination over the work of protection of Famous Historical and Cultural Towns and Villages, and to those who failed to achieve effectively protection that results in severe impact and damages to the historical relics, related responsibilities will be called for based on the Regulation on the Protection of Famous Historical and Cultural Cities, Towns, and Villages.

Before the 7th list, the State Council have publicized 134 Famous Historical and Cultural Cities, and the MOHURD and the NCHA have released 6 lists, totally 528 Famous Historical and Cultural Towns and Villages. And there have been 873 historical and cultural blocks and 23,500 historical architecture sites defined by the Chinese government.  

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