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China moves to protect its traditional villages

China now has the world’s largest farming civilization protection group as thousands of old villages have been included into the traditional Chinese village catalogue.

China has 4,153 villages which have been listed into the catalogue, according to Zhao Hui, chief economic manager of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

Zhao was speaking on July 31 at a news conference for an international conference on traditional village protection.

“With the rapid development of industrialization and urbanization, many traditional villages are disappearing,” said Zhao.

“Traditional villages are a living cultural legacy and are of great importance to human development,” he said.

Traditional villages are defined as well-preserved villages which have economic, historic and cultural value.

Since 2012, China has achieved goals in the first stage of traditional village protection. The cultural legacies of traditional villages have been protected; people’s living conditions in the villages have been improved; and protection and management systems have been established.

The first international conference on the protection and development of traditional villages will be held in October in Xiamen, Fujian province. In the conference, lots of issues will be discussed, including the inheritance of agricultural civilization and new ideas for development of the traditional villages.

A traditional village in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]

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