Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province was officially named a National Famous Historical and Cultural City, according to a statement released by the State Council on May 4.
“In view of the long history, rich cultural heritage and intact preservation of traditional features, Wenzhou is a city of great historical and cultural significance,” the statement said.
The statement urged authorities in Zhejiang province and Wenzhou to formulate conservation plans, designate cultural and historical blocks, relic sites, the scope of protection for historical architecture and the areas where construction is restricted and outline strict protection measures.
City planning and construction should focus on both the protection of the urban environment and the renovation of historical buildings, in which any project incompatible with the city’s environment and landscape will not be allowed to launch, said the statement.
The statement required the Zhejiang provincial government, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage to enhance the guidance, supervision and inspection for city planning and protection.