Cultural resources related to the Great Wall, the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and the Long March will get better display, protection and utilization with a new plan to construct national culture parks for all three by 2023. It was issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council.
The Grand Canal, the longest artificial river in the world, runs nearly 1,800 km to connect the Yangtze and Yellow rivers. The project was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The Great Wall and the Grand Canal are both time-defying creations of the ancient Chinese.
The Long March was a military maneuver by the Red Army under the CPC to combat the Kuomintang regime. It was a heroic march that covered over 12,500 km including snow-capped peaks from October 1934 to October 1936.
The move to build national cultural parks is part of China's efforts to use its rich cultural artifacts and other cultural resources to spread both traditional and revolutionary culture. The spread and protection of culture is a global issue. The national cultural parks will provide a solution for cultural heritage protection and cultural inheritance in the world.
The plan emphasizes the need to properly handle the relationship between protection and utilization. While carrying out renovation, over-commercialization should be avoided. It also requires coordination between different regions as a number of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities will be involved in the construction.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article originally published in People's Daily on December 16)