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Chinese open to learning about cultural heritage protection

This article first appeared in gbtimes online:


The majority of Chinese people are willing to learn more about cultural heritage preservation, according to a survey report released by China Youth Daily on Tuesday.

83.4 percent of the 2,000 respondents said they pay close attention to news about cultural heritage, according to the online questionnaire.

“In recent years, China’s TV shows on cultural relics have shifted from focusing merely on their collection and economic value to learning the stories behind them, which represents the public’s growing understanding and consciousness of their preservation,” said Tang Miao, a scholar from the Department of Archaeology at Jilin University.

68.2 percent of respondents said that more systematic conservation measures should be adopted, while almost 75 percent believed awareness of the issue still needs to be broadened.

China has adopted measures such as promoting free admission in public museums and building more heritage parks since 2008.

“Cultural heritage preservation will be unsustainable without the public’s participation. Now, with encouragement from the government, there are more nongovernmental organisations and companies across China joining in, and we are exploring a sustainable model based on people’s closer relationships with cultural relics,” Tang concluded.