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Building Cultural Heritage Protection System for Huai’an
Anchorman: Welcome to “Online Talk” of Huai’an China Portal Website. Today our guests are Vice Mayor of Huai’an Wang Honghong, Deputy Secretary General of Huai’an Municipal Government Wang Lihua, Director of Cultural, Broadcasting, Television, News and Press Bureau and Party Committee Secretary Yang Bin. Our theme is building cultural heritage protection system for historical culture and modern civilization of Huai’an.
Wang Honghong: Good morning! Welcome to Online Talk. I’m very glad to communicate with you on the protection system for cultural heritage of Huai’an.
Question: If one finds a cultural relic at a construction site, can he take it for himself?
Wang Honghong: The site should be protected, and local relic administration should be informed. No institution or person can hold it, it belongs to the country. If you find any illegal behaviors, you can call the hotline 12318.
Question: How many cultural relic units are there in Huai’an?
Wang Honghong: Huai’an now has 167 cultural relic units of over the municipal level, including 6 national ones: Zuling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty, Hongze Lake Levee, Huai’an Yamen, Former Residence of Zhou Enlai, Site of Suwan Border Area Government, and Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (Huai’an Section); besides, there are 29 provincial level ones and 132 municipal level ones.
Question: How is the work of applying for being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site going?
Wang Honghong: Huai’an has completed compilation of Grand Canal (Huai’an Section) Relic Protection Planning, which passed argumentation of provincial and municipal experts. Meanwhile, we also entrusted qualified units to compile protection plans for Qingkou water complex, Hongze Lake Levee, Site of Fengji Warehouse, etc. We plan to do protection and exhibition work of heritage sites well after June, 2013, and receive evaluation of international experts in August.
Question: Huai’an is a national ancient city of history and culture, how many cultural relics do we have?
Wang Honghong: From 2007 to 2011, a census of cultural relics was carried out, and 1600 immovable cultural relics in Huai’an were registered, including ancient sites, ancient tombs, ancient architectures, ancient temples, stone inscriptions, important historical sites in modern times, etc. And more than 50,000 pieces of relics are collected in state-run museums.
Question: Please tell some intangible cultural heritages in Huai’an.
Wang Honghong: Huai’an has abundant categories of intangible cultural heritages, including civil literature, traditional music, traditional dances, traditional comedies, traditional folk arts, traditional sports, entertainments and acrobatics, traditional fine arts, traditional skills, traditional medicines and folk customs, such as legend of Han Xin, Huaihai Opera, Beijing Opera, Huai’an Egg Carving, making skills of Huai’an ChaSan.
Question: How many halls are there in the Grand Canal museum? Are they free?
Wang Honghong: There are 3 halls there: Huai’an Opera Hall, Huai’an Celebrities Hall and Pillar Couplet Hall, they are all free to visit.
Question: Is Huaihai Opera equivalent to Huaiju Opera?
Wang Honghong: No, they are different local operas of Huai’an.
Question: Sizhou City is an ancient city under the water, how can we develop it, use it and protect it?
Wang Honghong: Archaeological digs have been performed on nearly 5,000 square meters of Sizhou City, and sites including Xianghua Gate and Lingrui Tower have been discovered, a protection plan is being made. Further protection and development will be carried out on the premise of obeying related regulations.
Anchorman: Today’s Online Talk concludes here, thank you for participating.