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Traditional village protection stirs debate

Updated: 2015-03-10 09:54:59

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Feng Jicai, famed writer, heritage campaigner and CPPCC member stressed that the current situation is very serious.

Feng Jicai, famed writer, heritage campaigner and CPPCC member[Photo/CCTV]

"The problem is much more serious than we imagined. We've lost more than 900,000 traditional villages in the past ten years. There is no other country that is losing its villages at such a pace."He said that the main problem is a lack of reasonable management and that the real power of protecting the village now lies with the local government, scholars and development traders, instead of the local people, which is problematic. He asked, if the farmers and local villagers move away, taking their traditions with them, then what value is there left in the village?

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