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Beihai's regulation for MSR sites to take effect

BY :丝路云帆

UPDATED :December 24, 2019

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The city of Beihai in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will put into effect its new regulation to protect the historical sites of Maritime Silk Road (MSR) in the city on December 30. 

The regulation was issued on November 29. With five chapters and 30 articles, the regulation prohibits possible damage of any kind to the city's MSR sites, especially the Ruins of Dalang Ancient City, the tomb cluster from Han Dynasty, and the historical site of Caoxie Village, which were included on China's updated World Cultural Heritage Tentative List by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) this year.

The regulation also stipulates that no construction of any kind are allowed in the protection area of MSR sites without official permits, and operations shall be halted when related sites and relics are discovered in the process of construction.

Scratching, smudging, climbing on historical sites or relics, as well as moving and damaging related signs or monuments will be punished. And those who remove or demolish historical remains of Maritime Silk Road, or restore lost historical sites without authorization and as a result cause damages to remaining relics, will be fined from 50 to 500 thousand yuan.

The regulation also encourages citizens to support the protection of MSR sites through donation and voluntary work, and to report any behavior that threatens Maritime Silk Road historical sites.

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