China to do Survey on Movable Cultural Relics

China to do Survey on Movable Cultural RelicsChina made its very first survey of movable cultural relics but will not include relics that are owned by private collectors. The work team was assigned to lead the survey and they adopted an implementation plan that defined the targets of the survey.

China announced that they will be launching the first census on moveable cultural relics last year which started October of 2012 and will end on December 2016 to better gauge and protect the state of the relics found in the country. The census will cover all of the cultural relics that are preserved by State organizations, public service units and State owned organizations and enterprises. This will also cover items that are preserved in the country’s religious sites under its protection.

Fossils of humans and vertebrates that are used for scientific research and with value will also be surveyed. But any cultural relics that are owned by individuals and foreign collectors are not included in the survey. The exclusion of relics owned by private collectors was made in consideration of the private property rights.

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