Ancient Town to Ban Fireworks to Prevent any Accidents
The ancient town of Pingyao in Shanxi Province has banned the use of fireworks in its historical prevention are to further protect its wooden and brick buildings. Local authorities along with several government officials are tightening fire controls at its cultural heritage sites after a blaze at an ancient town in Yunnan Province happened earlier this month.
Earlier in January the town of Dukezong in Shangri-la County of Yunnan that is known for its well preserved Tibetan houses have lost nearly 300 houses or about two thirds of the town making it one of the worst fire to happen in its 1,300 year old history. Earlier about ten structures burned down at the Buddhist Serthar Institute
Furthermore more around 100 houses at a 300 year old village in Guizhou Province were destroyed by fire. The Baojing Dong Village was once of the most complete settlement in China those was known for its well preserved buildings and were the Dong ethnic minority settled. The cause of the fires is still unknown.
The Pingyao Ancient Town is believed to be more than 2,000 years old and is located just southwest of Beijing was is listed as one of the world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. The town is known for its 6.4 kilometer long well preserved ancient wall. The fireworks ban was issued a few days ahead of the biggest national holiday in China, the Lunar New Year were setting off fireworks is popular.