Beijing Minister Critical of Urban Growth – Geoff Dyer

From Financial Times:

The rapid growth of Chinese cities has led to “senseless actions” that have “devastated” historical buildings and cultural relics, according to Qiu Baoxing, the vice-minister for construction.

He said China’s cultural heritage was facing its third round of havoc since the Communists took over in 1949, following the Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s and the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution .

“They are totally unaware of the value of cultural heritage,” said Mr Qiu, criticising some local officials while speaking at a conference in Beijing. [Full Text]

See also “Thousand Cities, One Face – The ‘Third Round of Havoc’” from Beijing Newspeak blog.

June 12, 2007 12:11 PM
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