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Management Plan of Ancient City of Pingyao
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The Ancient City of Pingyao was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The World Heritage Committee’s evaluation is as follows:

The ancient city of Ping Yao is an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-20th centuries) that has retained all its features to an exceptional degree and in doing so provides a remarkably complete picture of cultural, social, economic, and religious development during one of the most seminal periods of Chinese history.

The management plan of Pingyao consists of a very important component related to the conservation of the World Heritage site; the plan specifically aims to improve the management capability, secure the external managing environment of the city through establishing a systematic frame, define the managing agent, simplify the procedure and enhance the efficiency. The contents of the management plan include basic information, special planning and implementation plan.

Regarding the special planning, the following topics were discussed in depth: the management mechanism, new construction projects, sustainable tourism, fund-rising and fund allocation, inventory of the historic monuments, establishment and management of archives, risk management, daily monitor, human resources, community management, and conservation of the intangible heritage. Concerning the implementation plan which is especially beneficial to the effectiveness of work management and public supervision, the aforementioned subjects, were further considered, based on clear implementation principles. Different tasks were discussed such as the specific responsibilities of governmental agencies, fund sources and the time necessary for establishing a clear implementation inventory.

Provided by: Shao Yong, Associate Professor of College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University

 

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