Typology: Traditional town center Scale: 22.6sqkm (Total protected area), 14.2sqkm (Old center protected area) Contracting authority: Suzhou authorities Main Stakeholders: Tongji University Year: 1980
As it is one of the first cities to acquire the accolade of “Historical and Cultural City”, Suzhou’s local authorities have established a protection plan with two kinds of regulations. First, preventing well-preserved historical elements from being altered. The second is that, when permitting new constructions, the aspect and culture of the preserved areas should be preserved. Despite massive urban destruction during the 1980s and 1990s, the heritage protection plan managed to keep historical gardens and a few historical key areas, such as Pingjiang Street.