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Renovations on Zicheng Ruins Park to finish by year's end

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated : Mar 19, 2020

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Renovations on Zicheng Ruins Park in downtown Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province, are projected to be completed by the end of this year. [Photo/WeChat account: jxfabu]

Renovations on Zicheng Ruins Park in downtown Jiaxing, East China's Zhejiang province, are projected to finish by the end of this year, local media reported on March 17.

"The renovation of the ruins park was based on archaeological findings in a bid to restore Zicheng city to its original state and allow local residents and tourists to learn more about the history and culture of Jiaxing," said Yang Jiong, who is in charge of the renovation project.

According to Yang, renovation work began on the watchtower in late 2017. Yang said that they peeled off a layer of paint on the watchtower's walls to expose the tower's old bricks and make it better blend with the city walls on both sides.

Yang also noted that experienced workers had been hired to mend damaged parts of the city walls.

Other parts of Zicheng city were restored based on old photos and guided by experts from the Zhejiang Provincial Bureau of Cultural Relics.

After renovations are completed, Zicheng Ruins Park is expected to become Jiaxing's main landmark.

Zicheng city was built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and its city walls and many of its ancient buildings are still standing. It provides much insight into the government buildings and urban systems of the Tang and Song dynasties (960-1279).

In 2017 the Zicheng ruins were listed as cultural relics under provincial government protection, and in 2019, they were listed as cultural relics under State protection.