Notice of Shanghai Xuhui District Government about Distributing Xuhui District’s Three-Year Action Plan for Protection of Cultural Heritage (2011-2013)

(January 21, 2011) 

XFF (2011) No.2 

All the committees, offices, bureaus, all sub-districts and Huajing Town under Xuhui District People’s Government: 

Now the Xuhui District’s Three-Year Action Plan for Protection of Cultural Heritage (2011-2013) is distributed to you and please implement it. 

 

Xuhui District’s Three-Year Action Plan for Protection of Cultural Heritage (2011-2013) 

 

The Xuhui District is one of the important cradles of Shanghai culture and has cultural resources such as a thousand years’ history of Longhua’s traditional folk custom, 700 years’ history of Huang Daopo’s patriotism and reform, 400 years’ history of cultural exchange between China and the West and 100 years’ Chinese recent history. It has a profound historical accumulation and rich cultural heritage. Since the reform and opening to the outside world, remarkable achievements have been made in protection of cultural heritage owing to the support of the district party committee and government and concerted efforts of the whole society. There are 175 cultural protection units, 28 former homes of celebrities, 14 museums (memorials and exhibition halls), 2 historical and cultural areas at the municipal level, 138 excellent historical buildings, 15 intangible cultural heritage items, (shortened to “intangible heritage” hereunder), 22 representative inheritors of intangible heritage items and 20 inheritance bases in the district. 

In order to do a good job on protection of cultural heritage in our district earnestly, we worked out the Xuhui District’s Three-Year Action Plan for Protection of Cultural Heritage (2011-2013) (shortened to the “three-year action plan” hereunder) according to the instructions of the state and the municipal government about strengthening protection of cultural heritage and in conformity with the “12th five-year” development program of the Xuhui District. 

I. Guiding ideology 

Continue to take the concept of scientific development as the guidance, strengthen protection of cultural heritage, explore development and utilization of cultural heritage and build a scientific and effective system for protection of cultural heritage. Give full play to the important role of cultural heritage in inheriting the Chinese traditional culture, inspiring the national spirit, raising people’s ideological and moral quality and scientific and cultural quality, advancing urban civilization construction, promoting Xuhui’s economic and social development and improving its urban self development capacity. 

II. Basic policy 

The policy of “focusing on protection, salvaging first, using reasonably and strengthening management” should be implemented in cultural protection. The policy of “focusing on protection, salvaging first, using reasonably, inheriting and developing” should be implemented in protection of intangible protection. Cultural heritage should be protected scientifically, reasonably and according to law, the relationship between economic and social development and protection of cultural heritage should be handled correctly and protection of cultural heritage should be developed sustainably by overall planning, giving different guidance to different categories, giving prominence to the key points and step-by-step implementation. 

III. Action objectives 

Consolidate and use cultural heritage and resources in the district by all means and carry out various tasks comprehensively to protect cultural heritage with historical, cultural and scientific value effectively, promote protection of cultural heritage extensively and in depth and form a scientific and rigorous cultural heritage directory system and a relatively sound cultural heritage protection system basically. 

IV. Main tasks 

(I) Carry out a cultural heritage survey and establish a protection directory system 

Do a good job on collection, reexamination and entry of data and publication of achievements after the third national cultural relics survey and intangible heritage survey according to the relevant national document. Establish a complete database for cultural relics survey information and advance construction of an intangible heritage databank and database (photos and videos). Realize management of the district’s cultural relics data and their sharing and permanent use on the city’s network platform via Xuhui’s cultural network transmission system. 

Continue to advance construction of cultural protection units and the intangible heritage directory system. Publish 20 cultural relic units, 10 former homes of celebrities and 4-7 newly built museums (memorials and exhibition halls) on basis of the surveys continuously, recommend a batch of Shanghai cultural relic units for protection, add one cultural relic unit for national key protection, add one intangible heritage directory item, add 10 inheritance bases, add 10 representative inheritors and bring up 250 apprentices. 

(II) Improve protection rules and regulations and do a good job on protection and restoration of cultural relics 

Revise and improve such rules and regulations as the Implementation Opinions on Further Strengthening Protection of Cultural Relics in Xuhui District and issue the Implementation Opinions on Strengthen Protection and Management of Intangible Cultural Heritage Items in Xuhui District. Identify main protectors of cultural relic units, improve various systems for protection and management, define cultural relic units’ protection areas and construction boundaries according to law; strengthen routine inspection tours of cultural relic units, eliminate significant risks to cultural relic and strengthen protection of endangered important cultural relics to assure their safety.. 

Examine cultural relic units’ reports on restoration, verify qualifications of restoration units, demonstrate engineering designs and construction designs, examine projects and check and accept completed projects according to the requirements of the Law of the Peoples Republic of China on Protection of Cultural Relics and by adhering to the principle that restoration of cultural relics should not change the original state of cultural relics. Assist relevant units in restoring the former homes of Song Qingling (on the Taojiang Road), Shanghai Jiaotong University (at the former site of the Nanyang College), the Municipal No. 2 Middle School (at the former site of the Leimi Primary School), the repair shop of the Longhua Airport and other cultural relics. Strengthen linkage and coordination with the relevant departments of the district and improve the management system for cultural relic construction and restoration projects constantly. 

(III) Conduct traditional festival activities and share the achievements of heritage protection together 

Cultivate a number of excellent performance art items by holding such exhibitions and shows as the “Shanghai Paper-Cutting Contest entitled ‘Maple Forest Rhyme’” on the “China Cultural Heritage Day”; hold traditional folk festivals actively, such as the activity of bumping the bell on in Longhua the New Year’s Day, the folk lantern festival on January 15 the Chinese lunar year, the Longhua Temple fair on March 3 the Chinese lunar year, sweeping graves on the Tomb-Sweeping Day in April and appreciate the moon on August 15 the Chinese lunar year. Conduct traditional cultural activities with features by combination of culture, commerce and tourism to cultivate folk festival activity brands. 

Have ordinary people learn history on the International Museum Day and on the Day of Denominating Shanghai as a Famous Historical and Cultural City and experience the splendid and immortal civilization of the Chinese people in museums (memorials and exhibition halls), former homes of celebrities and excellent historical buildings; fully use the cultural resources in former homes of celebrities, give play to the effect of celebrities, build domiciles of celebrities (such as former homes of Zhang Lan) gradually into former homes or memorials of celebrities and open them to the public through housing replacement to enhance the charm and influence of urban culture; organize seminars of “protecting and using former homes and memorials of celebrities in the district under the background of protecting the world’s cultural heritage” to discuss how to give them a bigger role in promoting social harmony and advocating social civilization and let ordinary people fully enjoy the rich achievements obtained from protection of cultural heritage. 

(IV) Consolidate and use cultural resources and expand exhibition space of heritage 

Fully use rich, colorful and valuable human resources in the district and build a cultural relics and intangible heritage protection series. Use many carriers, such as museums (memorials and exhibition halls), cultural units, former homes and memorial sites of celebrities, excellent historical buildings, intangible heritage items and heritance bases, to build a multi-faceted historical and cultural heritage exhibition system and show the Xuhui District’s profound cultural background comprehensively. 

1. Upgrade the comprehensive capacity level of the Tushanwan Museum in an all-round way. 

Push forward the building of the Tushanwan Museum, collect Chinese pagodas and other cultural relics of Tushanwan, enrich exhibits of the museum continuously; optimize management and services of the museum and strengthen study of Xuhui’s history to make the Tushan Museum a professional museum with efficient management, good services, up-to-standard facilities and complete exhibition halls, which integrates exhibition, collection, teaching and scientific researches into a whole, reaches the professional standard and has a certain influence. 

2. Prepare the China Record Museum actively. 

Use social resources to build the China Record Museum on the former site of EMI and China Record Factory in the Xuhui Park jointly with the China Record Co. 

3. Prepare an exhibition hall of cultural heritage from recent industry. 

Rebuild the small Taishan building, the former site of the Taishan Refractory Plant in the Binjiang Area, into an exhibition hall of cultural heritage from recent industry. 

4. Expand the exhibition space for folk collections and intangible heritage items actively. 

Strengthen protection, inheritance, exploitation and utilization of folk collections and intangible heritage items in the district and build small and diversified thematic galleries (exhibition halls), intangible inheritance bases and promotional sites throughout neighborhoods and towns in the district by holding exhibitions of folk collections to strengthen promotion, expand transmission channels and popularize and spread the achievements from protection of cultural heritage. 

5. Help build museums (memorials and exhibition halls) in the district actively. 

According to the plan of the relevant department of the city, the relevant functional department of the district should help the Shanghai Writers Association build the Ba Jin Memorial actively and carve a sculpture of Ba Jin in the juncture between the Wuding Road and the Xingguo Road; help the Shanghai Jiaotong University build the Qian Xuesen Library actively; help the Shanghai Film Group build the Film Museum actively; help the Sha