Tania Branigan “Chinese temple's garish restoration prompts outrage” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/chinese-temple-restoration-qing-dynatsy-china
Li Zhanyang, an archaeologist with Henan's Culture Relics Bureau, condemned the local government as "uneducated, unreasonable and ignorant of the law". It warned that similar incidents happened each year.
"They just use the name 'restoration' for a new project," he said.
He complained he had not heard of anyone being punished with legal action in such cases, adding: "We have the law, but we don't implement the law."
He Shuzhong, the founder of Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Centre, said most restorations were "over-restored". Experts as well as officials lacked understanding of the value of cultural relics and the need to preserve the original – rather than recreating or altering it. They also wanted to finish projects quickly, while real restoration was a process of scientific research requiring time rather than high levels of investment, he said.
"China's modern circumstances … lead to the situation where either no one cares about the cultural relics, or there is over-investment, and over-restoration," he added.
But He also blamed the Chinese public's aesthetic standards.
"Most Chinese people do not enjoy the beauty of ancient, real ruins. Instead, they like dazzling, new, high, big things … The restoration of old architecture, in the hutongs [narrow alleys in cities with traditional courtyard houses], at Badaling [a stretch of the Great Wall] and the Forbidden City are like this."
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