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Guangzhou makes effort to protect cultural heritages

BY :丝路云帆

UPDATED :June 12, 2020


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Guangzhou held a special promotion event at the Chen Clan Academy on June 9 to highlight 15 outstanding projects in cultural relics protection and utilization, as the city gears up to welcome China’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, which falls on June 13 this year.

A special promotion event held at the Chen Clan Academy

The display and renovation of the Nanhai God Temple and its nearby Wharfs, one of the important heritages of the ancient Maritime Silk Road(MSR) in Guangzhou, was listed among the 15 outstanding projects.

The Nanhai God Temple

Located at the Miaotou Village, Huangpu district, the Nanhai God Temple is the only preserved, the most complete and the biggest group of buildings among the four ancient sea god temples in China. With a history of over 1,400 years, the temple was proof to Guangzhou’s long history of flourishing sea trade.

As the leading city of the 26-city alliance in protecting and seeking world heritage status for MSR cultural heritage, Guangzhou has devoted great efforts to the protection of MSR historical sites.
A memorial archway inscribed with Chinese characters “海不扬波”( meaning calm sea)

In 2019, Guangzhou started renovation work on the Nanhai God Temple, mainly targeting the wharf site of the Qing Dynasty, historical remains from Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, and the entrance square of the temple, for protection purpose. The renovation involved retrofitting the temple, optimizing electricity, water supply and drainage systems and landscaping.

The Wharf Site of the Qing Dynasty near the temple

Space layout of the square in front of the temple and the visual corridor connecting the pavilion, the main buildings of the temple and the nearby wharf site were both optimized through the renovation work, which has effectively improved visitors’ perception of the temple.

The Wharf Site of the Qing Dynasty near the temple

The landscape of some historical sites in the temple were also further improved to better fit the temple's historical ambience. Works had also been done to optimize the temple's surrounding environment so as to better display and utilize the historical and cultural resources and give full play to the value of cultural relics.   

Some cultural and creative products on display

Besides the 15 outstanding projects, some 15 cultural and creative products featuring local culture were also displayed on the event as well, showcasing Guangzhou's great efforts in exploring and promoting cultural resources, as well as 'livening' the profound culture of the city.

Editor: Yuan