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Updated:2015-02-06 14:03:40Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallGuandi Temple, first built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), has fallen into ruin, with collapsed walls and overgrown grass and weeds in its courtyard. [Photo/www.cntv.cn]The theft and looting of cultural relics like stone carvings and Chinese guardian lions from ancient architecture runs rampant in Changzhi city of North Chinas Shanxi province, according to a China Central Television (CCTV) report.
Based on the investigation, transactions involving thousands of items of looted cultural relics were found in the local black market and the dealers claimed to earn huge profits.
To better protect the cultural relics in Qianbao village of Changzhi, local villagers voluntarily took turns guarding the sites, but thieves still came from time to time, driven by the lucrative but illegal trade.
Today, old buildings like Tainxian Temple and Guandi Temple in the village have been damaged to varying degrees.
Guandi Temple, first built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), has fallen into ruin, with collapsed walls and overgrown grass and weeds in its courtyard.
Niu Yanping, the former leader of Qianbao village, said that Guandi Temple is the treasure of the village that has been passed down by ancestors, and generations of people here attach great affection to it.
However, Qianbao village is poor and cannot spare any funds to renovate the historical buildings like Guandi Temple or make arrangements for their protection, which leads to rampant theft of cultural relics, Niu said.
Under such a severe situation, Shanxi provincial government on Wednesday issued instructions to strengthen the protection of cultural relics and historical sites, but the report said the loss is irreparable. 8.03KRelated ArticlesDanyangs wood carving faces extinctionAncient village demolished to make way for coal miningTraditional Chinese villages in urgent need of preservationBetter protection sought for cultural market to surviveAncient villages in China demand more effective protectionTagscultural relics theftPhotoPaintings by DPRKs Mansudae Art Studio debut in ShenyangSam Smith triumphs with four Grammy wins65th Berlinale International Film Festival opensExquisite examples of Ming and Qing jewelers craftMovie One Night Stud to hit screen on Feb 6Pottery creation depicts New Year scenesArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelPottery creation depicts New Year scenesArt of making brushes at riskWhats newLao She’s art collection on display at National Art MuseumPaintings by DPRKs Mansudae Art Studio debut in ShenyangTreasures of Ancient China exhibited in Budapest, HungaryPhotographer explores cultural identity between East and WestTouring exhibition of artists work launches in BeijingCollage artist Michael Chow puts it togetherAncient artifacts about sheepChinese New Year to light up New York CityEvolution of watercolorNew tidings from reality TV programsMovie One Night Stud to hit screen on Feb 6Crew of ‘Knights of Cups’ pose at Berlinale Intl Film FestivalPremiere for Jackie Chans movie Dragon Blade held in Shanghai65th Berlinale International Film Festival opensHK film festival to put spotlight on Sylvia ChangUnbroken unable to draw local audience yetNew faces for GalaA glimpse of pre-Oscar awards seasonBinge-watching TV linked to depressionTsui Hark and Stephen Chow reunite for Journey to the West 2Key to domestic films sales lie in 3rd- and 4th-tier citiesWestern stars and their Chinese nicknamesEntertainment weekly photos: Jan 24 – 30Crew of ‘Knights of Cups’ pose at Berlinale Intl Film FestivalEntertainment weekly photos: Jan 31 – Feb 6Star Tracks in FebruaryCourtside celebritiesRobin Williams widow, children tussle over actors estateKaty Perrys halftime show wows Super Bowl viewersJackie Chan given Malaysian honorary titleThe Legend of Miyue completes filmingLi Bingbing covers LOFFICIEL HOMMESA star is falling, Icarus-styleAngelababy graces Paris Fashion WeekThe devil doesnt wear thermalsLao Feng Xiang jewelry on the fast trackPhoto story: Chinese haute couture designer in ParisDeath and dressesShaping magicFashion updateWintour savors future of Chinese fashionNo rush for Swiss watches in mainland after francs surgeAwards salute digital movers and shakers in fashionChildrens Fashion Fair in FlorenceChinese Dun Huang design hit Paris fashion weekBiting the springSmartphone apps cut down wait at restaurantsBaijiu goes for the goldEat BeatWinemakers still keen on Chinese marketSpice trader from MalaysiaGetting nuttyShop owners going with the grain for breakfastHospitality trade responds to new era of austerityAsian hospitality in Abu DhabiBook now for Valentines Day specialsNo Chemicals in his strawberriesTop 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 PicksAncient artifacts about sheepCulture Insider: Taboos in gift-givingHot wordsPalace MuseumEasy TalkChinese Valentines DayGaokaoStart of AutumnCulture InsiderTop 10sTeaDragon Boat FestivalChinese at CannesVideoEasy Talk: Foreign kids speak on Spring FestivalEasy Talk: Air rageGuo Junli: A man who creates storiesColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-Ray
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