“Moonlight City” Dukezong Begins Reconstruction after Fire

25/09/2014
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From this September, Chinese Government plans to spend about 1.2 billion yuan for the reconstructions of Shangri-La Dukezong Ancient Town, and almost 20% of its buildings was burned down in the fire in January, 2014, with more than 240 houses damaged.

Tibetan Style Building of Dukezong

Tibetan Style Building of Dukezong

Dukezong Ancient Town, a 1300-year-old Tibetan town located in Shangri-La of Yunnan Province, has experienced both the flames of war and prosperity of frontier trade. In Tibetan language, Dukezong means “Moonlight City” and become an important landmark on the South Silk Road.

It is one of the famous resort county in Shangri-La, known for its well-preserved ancient Tibetan dwellings, majestic prayer halls and pagodas, winding lanes… However, on Jan.11, 2014, a unexpected huge fire came here. A number of cultural relics, precious Thang-gas and Buddhist artworks, and some Tibetan-style buildings and precious historical sites were burned in the fire.

One Point to View Dukezong

One Point to View Dukezong

Since September, Chinese Government begins to reconstruct the burned down part of Dukezong, and the undamaged are operated normally. The reconstruction work will last a long time. Hope it would come back to life. At that time, we will see a brand new Dukezong, but the damaged cultural relics, precious Thang-gas and arwtworks, and Tibetan-style buildings will be gone forever.

Dukezong Building

Dukezong Building

Dukezong Ancient Town

Dukezong Ancient Town

The Reconstruction of Dukezong

The Reconstruction of Dukezong