Heritage Protection in Xinjiang Produces Results

Xinjiang (photo: Google Screenshot)
By Mei ManuelNovember 24th, 2018

Last week, the State Council Information Office released a white paper report that said that the efforts to promote cultural heritage protection in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is taking shape and continues to be brought forward.

Xinjiang is one of China's diverse regions with a lot of cultural landmarks and the central and local government of Xinjiang has been working tirelessly to protect these heritage sites.

In the white paper entitled "Cultural Protection and Development in Xinjiang", results are already visible in the region and there is already a cultural heritage network built in the region at all levels.

It also shared that Xinjiang currently has 9,542 cultural heritage sites and six of them are world heritage sites.

Furthermore, the improvement in cultural heritage protection has allowed experts to visit the region to study the new findings and books gathered about Chinese history.

The Chinese government has also contributed to the efforts, supporting the translation, editing and publishing of ancient books like the 11th Century "Kutadgu Bilig" (Wisdom of Fortune and Joy) and "A Comprehensive Turki Dictionary" in Chinese and Uygur.

The white paper also said that the intangible cultural heritage is also protected with the government launching a program that protects these legacies and promote them to the public. They collected videos, texts, audios and images to ensure they are properly recorded. 

Folk cultures are also respected and preserved, enabling cultural diversity and inclusiveness to reign in the region.

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