Cultural Heritage Day: Shanghai opens more than 100 historical sites to visitors
In addition to the millions of relics displayed in its museums, China is home to 2,351 official historical sites. To enable the public to have access to this valuable patrimony and to raise public awareness of the importance of protection, the Chinese government created China’s Cultural Heritage Day in 2005. Since 2006, the Day is celebrated the second Saturday of June each year. On this occasion, various cultural events are organized across the country.
The 2014 edition is taking place on Saturday 14th. This year, for the first time, more than a hundred historical sites are freely open to visitors in Shanghai, including the Catholic Assumption Church, the former residence of Soong May-Ling, the wife of Chiang Kai-Shek, and the Shichun Pavilion, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. An interesting insight into the diversity of Shanghai’s cultural heritage.