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Chinese “Maritime Silk Road” Seven Cities Jointly Apply for the World Cultural Heritage
From:Huaxia Heritage Website   PublishDate:2011-12-16  Hits:2398

On December 10th, the international forum of “Maritime Silk Road and the Progress of Global Civilization” was held in Ningbuo. This forum was hosted by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Ningbuo municipal government as sponsors, Zhejiang Province Bureau of Cultural Relics as co-sponsors, and Ningbuo Museum as an organizer. Totally over 40 home and overseas experts on Maritime Silk Road were present at the forum., including HUANG Haotao, Secretary general of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Julien GLEINA, Cultural commissioner of UNESCO Beijing Office, GUAN Qiang, Director of World Cultural Heritage Department of State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and leaders from seven cities applying for World Heritage.

For the UNESCO has paid close attention on the application project of Silk Road in recent years, State Administration of Cultural Heritage is active in coordinating the process of Central Asia applying Land Silk Road for World Heritage. And at the same time, the administration is making great efforts to succeed in application project of Maritime Silk Road. In 2009, State Administration of Cultural Heritage held a conference in Yangzhou. In this conference, five cities, Penglai, Yangzhou, Mingbuo, Quanzhou and Guangzhou were taken into the application project of “Maritime Silk Road”. This year, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences cooperated with Ningbuo municipal government, to establish the research center of “Maritime Silk Road” in Ningbuo Museum. Furthermore, the mechanism of Cultural heritage survey, protection, utilization, and joint conference of cooperative application work, was set up in Beihai, Guangzhou, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou, Ningbuo, Yangzhou and Penglai, altogether seven cities.

At the conference, the leaders from the seven cities respectively delivered their speeches on the subject of “Maritime Silk Road Cultural Heritage protection, application for the World Heritage, and urban scientific development”. The experts and professors were present at the conference, also made further inquire in the theme of “Maritime Silk Road and the Progress of Global Civilization”. Other leaders from the seven cities, familiar with related field, had a second round table conference, at which, they signed “New Chance, New Challenge, New Leap——Chinese ‘Maritime Silk Road’Seven Cities Joint Application of World Heritage Guideline”. They highlighted the vitality of building a long-term mechanism in combination of sharing and joint cooperation. They also proposed that it is important to set up an operative platform with Chinese characteristics, referring to the trinity of government, administrative department of cultural heritage, and museum, and what’s more, to overall plan the work of Chinese “Maritime Silk Road” seven cities doing cultural heritage survey, protection, utilization, and joint application of World Heritage. Meanwhile, the forum schemed “Crossing Over the Ocean——The Joint Exhibition of ‘Maritime Silk Road’Seven Cites Cultural Heritage”. The publishing ceremony of two selected works, “The One-century Review of Chinese ‘Maritime Silk Road’ Survey” and “The Selection of 20th Century Chinese ‘Maritime Silk Road’Survey” were held then. In addition to the above, the attendants went on discussing about the Ming Dynasty map of navigation, which had been newly discovered abroad.
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