An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
he clock, a fire engine, over 160 hydrants, thousand of extinguishers, and fire walls, officials said last year.
But not all relics have such rigid supervision. A joint comprehensive survey was started in Septemb
er by the administration and the Ministry of Emergency Management. It found that 33 major institutions still don‘t meet stan
dards, and the State Council issued a notice on Wednesday that they were to receive the highest-level supervision.
On Tuesday, the administration urged local governments to immediately launch evaluations of potential hazards.
The new lawsuit against Liu Qiangdong, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant JD, and his compan
y filed by a University of Minnesota student might further shake investors’ confidence, and tarnish the image
and reputation of the company, amid tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo.
The Chinese student from University of Minnesota, who claimed she was raped last August by Liu, filed a c
ivil lawsuit against him in Minneapolis on Tuesday, four months after prosecutors decided not to pursue a criminal case.
and to the world more widely,” said Macfarlane, the King’s College historian.
A woman identified only as Marie, who has lived in Paris for 20 years, said: “This is a monument b
uilding that belongs to the story of Paris, to the story of France. … Notre Dame is our story, our culture, our spirit.”
An experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists on improving monkeys’ cognitive function has been
found to follow international animal rights standards, according to the Chinese research institute.
The study implanted 11 rhesus macaque monkeys with copies of the human MCP
H1 gene, which scientists believe is crucial for humans’ brain development and evolution.
The project is led by researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Acade
my of Sciences, who are working with researchers from the University of North Carolina.
China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in
dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo
ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor
ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.
Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.
favorite city to work and live in for the sixth year in a row, followed by Beijing, Hefei, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, S
uzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xi’an and Wuhan.
The campaign also looked at cities with the most potential to attract expats, naming X
iamen, Nanjing, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Xuzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Jinan, Dalian and Chengdu.
In recent years, China has implemented a work permit system for foreigners to come to Chi
na and a visa system for expats. This has promoted the government affairs, policies, work and living
environment of Chinese cities, allowing more expats to live and work better in China.
The survey has been conducted for nine years, starting in 2010. The A
mazing China 2018 poll took place from November to December. Results were anal
yzed from 239 signed votes from top expert panels, 2,815 votes from foreign experts, and 94,849 votes from internet users.