Blocks reflecting the past now preserved for posterity
Guangdong Historical & Cultural Blocks now include those of Tangjia, Huitong, Qi'ao, Nanping, Xiangzhou Port, and Doumen Old Street, which each reflect some of Zhuhai's natural and cultural evolution.
The Zhuhai Natural Resources Bureau announced on April 8 that a comprehensive evaluation of the historic value, characteristics, intactness and existing conditions, scale, and protection mechanism of the sites was made after field investigations and reports.
Considered of great academic research value, the well-preserved historical-and-cultural blocks are part of the city's cultural legacies, said experts from the departments of Culture & Tourism and Housing & Urban-Rural Development of Guangdong.
Old-time architecture with Lingnan features in Huitong Village of Jinding Town [File photo]
The experts found the six Zhuhai historic sites distinctive in type: the village-style Doumen Old Street and Tangjia, countryside Huitong and Nanping, island-based Qi'ao, and urban-like Xiangzhou Port.
A Zhuhai Natural Resources Bureau official noted that Tangjia and Doumen Old Street were previously the political and economic centers of Zhongshan and Doumen counties respectively, and that Xiangzhou Port was a highpoint of the modern urbanization of Hsiang-shan (Xiangshan).
The experts urged Zhuhai to conduct tiered management and all-rounded protection of local historical and cultural resources. The integrity and originality of the architectures, streets and alleys, and immovable cultural relics should be preserved, while immovable cultural relics and protection units are evaluated to raise their protection level.
Since 2015, Zhuhai has registered 381 historical architectural structures as being of interest and recognized 148, of which 36 are symbolic of the city's Reform & Opening Up. The city also is home to 334 immovable cultural relics, 73 cultural relic protection units, and 44 intangible cultural heritages.