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Demolition Notice for the Former Residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin Reappears!

The former residence of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin in the No. 24 courtyard on Beizongbu Hutong in Beijing is an important site for both Chinese cultural and art history. The second half of 2009 saw the sudden formation of a cultural protection movement to prevent a further tragic destruction of this residence. To reflect upon this event, the participants of this movement wrote “Preserve the former residence of two of China’s greatest architects”.

Although this cultural protection movement made some significant progress, the protection of the Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin’s former residence is far from finished. The destruction of the property had previously been halted, relevant government departments had expressed its clear desire to increase protection, and the status of the residence as a fixed cultural relic was also confirmed. Nevertheless, specific protection measures on the property have not been announced, and the residence has yet to be afforded the protection required for fixed cultural relics under the “Law for Protecting Cultural Relics in the People’s Republic of China.” Besides a certain improvement in sanitation, the residence is still unrecognizable, with no noticeable attempt to bring it back from near ruins, and the condition of the rooms opposite the main house continues to deteriorate. Most infuriating of all, the Beijing Dongcheng District Housing Management Bureau has replaced the demolition notice originally applied in May 2009 with another notice, a little a year after, with almost exactly the same content! All attempts to contact the government bureau about the reappearance of this demolition notice have been met with total silence!

Clearly, the road to protecting the Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin’s Former Residence that has seen such popular participation continues to be a long one. The only way to solve this problem is to unleash the power of the media, the general public and the law.

We ask everyone to closely follow the reappearance of the demolition notice for the Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin’s Former Residence, and that the media continues to provide an outlet for public opinion and supervision of government activities. The reappearance of this demolition notice is a clear attempt by the bureau managers to dupe the public.

CHP would like to thank our volunteer translator, Ben Golze, for his outstanding translation of this article

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