In 1983, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization decided to make the date April 18th as “International Day for Monuments and Sites” on their 22nd conference. Since 2001, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has organized some events each year till now, whose theme is “Heritage for Generations” this year.
China has spared no effort on publicizing and organizing events since joined United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1993. After 2006, “International Day for Monuments and Sites ” has symposium each year around April 18th by State Administration of Cultural Heritage in China. They held diverse activities in different cities so as to attract the public’s attention to valuable heritage.
Qi’ao Ancient Road, Zhongshan（Photoed by Zheng Jianbang)
To implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s directives , “expand and regenerate the plentiful heritage”, Guangdong province started up related work in 2016, which protects and utilizs the South China Historic Trail to make contribution on historical and cultural heritage and enhance self-confidence on culture. The project links over 1,000 points to develop human and nature resources, recurring new treasure of ancient transportation network, expressing the characteristics of distinctive natural geography and culture.
Protecting and utilizing South China Historic Trail is a huge project in culture and heritage protection work. In order to respond the call from International Council on Monuments and Sites, we plan to hold events of South China Historic Trail in April, which aims at inheriting the protection of cultural heritage, encouraging the young to participate in learning heritage issues and promoting the public to follow culture and heritage protection.
1. Symposium on protection and utilization of South China Historic Trail
Theme: Protection, utilization and construction of Ancient Road in Guangdong
Organizer: Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban&Rural Deveslopment, International City Management Association (ICMA), Guangdong Urban & Rural Planning and Design Institute
Date: April 14th-15th
Location: Hawana Resort Guangzhou, Conghua
2. Press Conference: Guangdong ancient road 2nd cultural and creative competition and tour, the 2nd Children's Painting Competition
Organizer: Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban & Rural Development, Department of Education of Guangdong Province, Guangdong Provincial Department of culture, Guangdong Sports Bureau, Guangdong Provincial Tourism Bureau
Date: April 16th, Monday, 14:30-16:00p.m
Location: Guangdong Museum
3. Press Conference: Succession-past and present of the South China Historic Trail
Organizer: Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Cultural Relics
Date: April 17th, 09:00-11:00a.m
Location: Conference Room, 7/F, Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture, 701, Road East Dongfeng, Guangzhou
4. Press Conference: The ancient Chinese phonology-Classical phonology revival project on South China Historic Trail
Organizer: Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban&Rural Construction
Date: April 18th
Location: Lianma Town, lvtian, Conghua district, Guangzhou
5. Activities: Research by special tutor for Guangdong ancient road Children's Painting Competition-Qi’ao Ancient Road
Date: April 18th
Location: Qi’ao Ancient Road, Zhongshan
6. “Interest of the Yangcheng”-Activities on Guangzhou Ancient Road Monuments and Sites Date
Organizer: Guangzhou Land Resources and Planning Commission
Date: April 18th-20th
Interest of the Canton, Time and space lecture hall: space-time transition of Guangdong Ancient Road
Date: April 18th-20th
Location: Exhibition room of South China Historic Trail, Yingyuan Road
Invited experts: Tang Xiwen, Cao Jin, et al.
Interest of the Canton, Culture into the village: volunteer work into village and community
Date: April 19th-20th
Location: Line 1: East-Xiajie ancient road, Zengcheng
Line 2: North-Ganggu Village, Guangyu Temple
Line 3: South-Gugang ancient village, Huangpu