Shijiazhuang Steps up Efforts in Cultural Relic Protection
   2013-11-29 23:08:17      Web Editor: Fu Yu

By Fu Yu

Shijiazhuang, the capital city of north China's Hebei Province, houses more than 4,000 historical relics and ruins. The city's authorities are feeling the urgent need to collect and protect their treasures.

Shijiazhuang's museums, cultural protection institutes and residents have been making monumental efforts in uncovering, collecting and protecting its cultural relics.
The city works towards several major directions in cultural relic protection, according to Wang Jian, secretary general of Shijiazhuang's Municipal Museum.

"First of all, we collect historical relics from all sources, which is difficult because as time goes on, there will only be less relics for us to find, not more. And they are popular among collectors. Another thing we do is to learn about our city by going deep into history. We also purchase items that people use to showcase our local customs. "

Wang says such are their responsibilities as a museum, although someone will eventually pick up the work if they don't.

To get the public to participate in cultural relic protection activities, the city has hosted several campaigns for individuals to get involved in digging and repairing certain items from the site.

Zhang Xianzhong is the deputy chief of Shijiazhuang's Cultural Relics Protection and Management Bureau.

"We offered the public opportunities to take part in archaeology, which remains mysterious to many people. We held two campaigns in 2010 and 2011 and received critical acclaim from across China. People can get first-hand experience under the instructions from experts, like how to piece broken shards back together. It is a lot of fun."

Shijiazhuang wants to collect and protect as many cultural relics as possible, as they carry historical meaning and are to be passed on through generations for people to see, examine and study.


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