The Democratic League in Anhui province appealed for Regulation on Protection of Hui Culture (a term collectively refers to cultures developed mainly in Southern part of Anhui province, which encompasses architecture, opera, cuisine, painting, calligraphy, dialects and ect.) to be worked out soon.
“Hui Culture,” stated Democratic League, “is a distinctive regional culture which represents an epitome of Chinese traditional culture in a certain historic period of time.” In 2006, the Guidelines of National Eleventh Five-Year Plan in Culture Development was outlined to build ten state-level cultural and ecological preserving zones, among which ranked Hui cultural zone. The plan was first of its kind in innovating approaches to well preserve cultural heritages in China. Due to different reasons, there’s no specific regulations or laws in effect to promote the construction of the preserving zone in Anhui Province.
Currently, the protection of cultural heritages are basically under “The Law of Cultural Relics Protection” and “The Regulation of Protecting Folk House in Southern Anhui Province”. According to the Democratic League, those two laws were originally formulated to protecting tangible objects, while being insufficient in preserving Hui culture as a whole.
To map out related regulations or laws on protecting both tangible and intangible heritages across Hui cultural zone is a matter of great urgency. In order to better implement the constrcution of such cultural ecological preserving zone, the Democratic League also suggested various ways, including: comprehensive planning to integrate neighbouring areas and related cultural heritage preserving projects under the framework of Hui cultural and ecological preserving zone, Government appropriating special fund and increasing the spending annually, wide media coverage to raise public awareness, moblising non-govermental forces to get actively involved and organizing experts to study and explore new methods or mode to effectively push the building of Hui culture preserving zone.
(By Zha Xuan)