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Updated:2014-11-06 07:30:58Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallCultural heritages of the ancient town Pingyao in Shanxi province is under threat due to the rapid development of tourism.[Photo by Jiangdong/Asianewsphoto]The local customs and cultural heritage of the ancient town of Pingyao in Shanxi province is under threat due to the rapid development of tourism.In the 17 years since the 2,700-year-old town was added to UNESCOs World Heritage List, it has seen tourism develop at a meteoric pace, with its tourism revenue growing from 12.5 million yuan (2.04 million U.S. dollars) in 1997 to 5.416 billion yuan in 2013.World Heritage List: Pingyao Ancient Town Business opportunities afforded by the blossoming of tourism has resulted in the transformation of traditional dwellings along the towns main drag into hostels, souvenir shops, eateries and bars.Many tourists complain that the ancient town is losing its serenity and unique style.Zhang Peng, an associate professor of architecture with Tongji University in Shanghai, said the future of a heritage site should be based on the collective willingness of all interest groups. However, in Pingyao, local residents often feel disenfranchised.Every ancient town should find a development pattern that is in accordance with its own characteristics, and the local governments should control commercial activities deemed to be against the traditional characteristic of the town, he said.Hou Shijun, head of the tourism bureau of Pingyao County, said: “Some businesses may indeed damage the traditional cultural heritage. The government is currently working on the issue of market access, and we should not allow the ancient town to become a cultural hodgepodge.”Unreasonable demographic structure is also a threat to the cultural heritage of Pingyao.Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KRelated ArticlesHan costumes parade in Xitang ancient townWorld Heritage List: Pingyao Ancient TownPhoenix Ancient Town in Shaanxi provinceFenghuang ancient town in Central ChinaJinxi ancient town embraces large numbers of touristsDukezong Ancient Town begins recoveryTagsPingyao ancient townPhotoCulture Insider: 8 things you may not know about Start of WinterEntertainment guide for APEC holidaySilk Road exhibition opens to the publicGone with the Bullets to hit screen on Dec 18Hand shadow shows at his fingertipsExperts gather in Zhejiang to study rock paintingsArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelArtist creates terracotta girls to highlight sex imbalanceGreat writers obsessed with paintingVan Gogh purchase paints picture of Chinas richExhibition spotlights Chinas craft artsChinese film mogul buys a Van Gogh for $62mHand shadow shows at his fingertipsBlue is his keynoteGoing solo: artist Shezad Dawood on show in ChinaChina Folk Handicrafts Festival kicks off in SuzhouArt Taipei 2014 draws international artistsMexican muralist makes China debutVoltis artworks on show in ChengduGone with the Bullets to hit screen on Dec 18Faye Wong releases theme song for Cong Cong Na NianFilm celebrates China-Tanzania relations10th Chinese American Film Festival opens in LASesame Street on 45th year with madcap energyYoung filmmakers seek balance of art and profitWar serials get a reality checkTo infinity, and beyond!Zhou Xun as teen in Red SorghumAcclaimed Chinese film on blind masseurs set for release soonChristian Bale says no to playing Steve Jobs in biopicChristopher Nolans Interstellar premieres in NYBeyonce highest paid woman in music in 2014 with $115 million: ForbesLiu Yifei graces Harpers BazaarFaye Wong appears in public for new movieAngelina Jolie open to pursuing life in politics: Vanity FairLike father like son: Romeo Beckham attends Burberry campaignBrigitte Lin turns 60, publishes her 2nd bookSweet moments: Snapshots of stars and their kidsActress Zhang Jingchu covers fashion magazineEntertainment weekly photos: Oct 25 – 31Lovely Wang Luodan poses for fashion magazineamfARs fifth annual Inspiration Gala held in LAElton John AIDS FoundationFashionistas pose during Sao Paulo Fashion WeekShanghai Tangs 20th anniversary celebration held in ShanghaiHead turnerFrom containers to theaterRecycled fashionSecond time aroundGisele Bundchen glows in Sao Paulo Fashion WeekInside a North Korean fashion showFashion world bids farewell to designer Oscar de la RentaHighlights of China Fashion WeekFashion fileJewelry show kicks off in E ChinaVietnam town in Beihai city25 best restaurants around the worldA coffee change-maker in ChinaChocolate King-Kong in ParisThe Yuyuan China Day Festival starts in ShanghaiFresh ideas on fast foodA feast of seafoodSandworms, mangrove fruit, king crabsTop 10 spooky theme restaurants for HalloweenHalloween treatsChina Intl Tea Expo to open in BeijingBurger King celebrates 60th anniversaryTop 10 most beautiful terraces in ChinaMountain paradiseGlimpses of Lhasas holiday seasonTop 10 destinations for female travelersTop 10 seldom-seen views around the worldQuanzhou charmsYunnan, a travel heavenCity of SpringsMorning sun showers snow-covered Great WallMixing old with new in central Vietnam2013 Top 10 Tourism Destinations Editors PicksSanxingdui Museum releases eye-catching mask cookiesWhat books do politicians like?Hot wordsEasy TalkStart of AutumnChinese Valentines DayGaokaoCulture InsiderTop 10sTeaForbidden CityDragon Boat FestivalChinese at CannesVideoEasy Talk: The international school dilemmaAsian debut of Riveras artworksEasy Talk: Why do we gossip?ColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-Ray
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