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 .

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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