China Sets Up New Rules for Protecting Historical Towns from Fire

11/04/2014
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China has implemented several new rules on fire protection and control in historical towns and buildings, following three severe damages.

Dali Old Town

Dali Old Town

On January 11, 2014 a fire destroyed nearly two-thirds of well-preserved Tibetan houses in Shangri-la County of southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Also in January, a blaze destroyed more than 100 houses in 300-year-old Baojing Dong Village in neighboring Guizhou Province. On April 6, a big fire broke out in Shuhe Street, Old City district of Lijiang, Yunnan Province. About 10 stores were destroyed.

After the fires, China governmental administrations and police departments should set up special fire teams beside the historical sites for fire safety, because 650 towns and villages of historical and cultural value, mostly composed of wooden structures that are vulnerable to fire, need their protection.

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town in Fire

Three Popular Ancient Town in Yunnan

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town

It is a 1300-year-old Tibetan town, with authentic Tibetan dwellings, majestic prayer halls and pagodas, winding lanes offering sanctuary to all those seeking refuge from the bustle city. There you will find all dwellings are painted white accordingly. In night, the ancient town reflects a silver sheen. This has engendered to another epithet: moonlight city.

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town

Shangri-la Dukezong Ancient Town

Dali Old Town

The town is nestled at the foot of the Cang Shan Mountains west of Lake Erhai. Majority Bai populations are living there. It is laid out on a typical north-south, east-west axis. There are four main city gates, which were once the only portals into the city through the wall, on each of the axes. You can make a nice walking tour through the city. There are some nice temples, old courtyard homes-turned-hotels, cafes, shops and bars.

Dali Old Town

Dali Old Town

Lijiang Ancient Town

The town is the only old city built without a city wall, but built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. Naxi ethnic minority is living there.

The buildings incorporate the best parts of the architectural traits of Han, Bai, and Tibet into a unique Naxi style. Naxi people specially focus on the decoration, the commodious and applied houses which are mostly timber and tile structure compound with a garden and each has engraved vivid figures of people and animals on doors and windows.

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town