Since the early 1990s, Zhongshan Municipal Government proposed the city development mode of ¡°protecting the old city and developing the new city¡±. It proposed a series of planning on the protection of the old city, such as Regional Planning of Old Zhongshan City, Analysis Study of the Development and Improvement of Old Zhongshan City Proper, and Detailed Planning on the Control of Old Zhongshan City Protection Zone, defined the old city protection zone, decided that the upgradation of the old city must be based on the planning on the protection of the historical and cultural heritages, so as to preserve the historical and cultural heritages to the utmost. In the 1990s, the principle of the old city development was strictly implemented during the reformation of the West Sunwen Road. Under the premise of preserving the original lane framework, the distinctive identities of the whole street were coordinated, so as to reserve the status of the West Sunwen Road as the commercial center and build the first pedestrian in China.
In the recent years, Zhongshan Municipal Government made exploration and arrangement about Zhongshan intangible cultural heritages, cultural relic protection units and historical architectures, drew up documents such as the Survey and Evaluation of Zhongshan Modern Architecture, and Planning on the Control over the Purple Line of the 5 Zones in the Central City Proper, and declared successively 17 intangible cultural heritages, 75 cultural relic protection units, and 480 historical architectures; drew up Zhongshan Historical and Cultural Protection Planning in accordance with 3 levels¡ªadministrative region, historical city proper and historical cultural districts; defined the protection coverage of Zhongshan historical city proper and historical and cultural districts; defined the objects and requirements of the city historical and cultural protection; proposed the protection requirements for different levels and divisions and the control demands in key sections; all these play an important role in the inheritance and protection of Zhongshan cultural heritages. Recently, nominal quotation has been completed for 4 historical and cultural districts and 480 historical architectures, which not merely intensifies recognition, but enhances protection as well.
In the beginning of 2008, the Municipal Government issued documents such as The Opinion on the Promotion of Constructing A Well-known Cultural City, and The Opinion on the Implementation of Constructing A Well-known National Historical and Cultural City, fully launching the declaration for a famous Zhongshan National Historical and Cultural City. In 2009, the municipal government issued the Temporary Provisions on the Protection of Zhongshan-- Well-known Historical and Cultural City, Towns and Villages. Zhongshan Well-known Historical and Cultural City Protection Council was also set up, creating favorable conditions for the protection, rational utilization and scientific management of Zhongshan historical and cultural heritages. Presently, the Temporary Methods for the Management of the Special Funds for the Protection of Zhongshan Historical and Cultural Districts and Historical Architectures will be issued, so as to guarantee the input and rational utilization of the funds concerning the remedy, maintenance and management of historical architecture.Go Back