Home /Culture/ News and FeaturePhotos: Vanishing ancient villages of China(chinadaily.com.cn)Updated:2015-08-18 13:43CommentsIn Dachang village, Yu county, Shanxi province, 78-year-old villager Liu Qiaoxiu tidies up the prickly ash in her yard. She says her hometown has seen a rise in the number of tourists in recent years and her business of local specialties is going well. [Photo/Xinhua]Due to fast urbanization of the country, traditional villages are facing an unprecedented challenge to survive. According to statistics by the Housing Construction Department, the number of unincorporated villages in the country saw a sharp decline from 4,200,000 in 1984 to 2,670,000 in 2012. It means that around 55,000 villages vanished from the earth every year.In the National New Urbanization Plan (2014-2020), traditional village protection and rejuvenation has been put under the spotlight. Besides maintaining the basic function of the villages, protecting its cultural heritage is highlighted. A comprehensive combination of the old lifestyle and the modern civilization is the focus of the plan.Special: Preserve the past to live the futurePrevious Page1 2 3 4 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 3 4 Next PagePhotoCeremony held on seventh day of Tianjin blasts to mourn victimsBeijing ready for IAAF World ChampionshipsRecycling discarded plastic bottles generates cashSilk Road city displays sculptures at exhibitionTop 10 companies with the most employeesRelated StoriesHeshun International Art Festival: an ancient village’s modern storyRiver Lantern Festival celebrated in an ancient village in ShaanxiAncient village of Ming Dynasty on verge of disappearingStory of Daliangjiang ancient village in N ChinaTrip to Xidi ancient villageTaiwan experts design Pingnan’s ancient village protectionTagstraditional villages ancient villages urbanizationMost Popular…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer |Copyright 1995 -. All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.License for publishing multimedia online 0108263             Registration Number: 130349