I think it would be humorous in a way, if Lijiang were the first ever place to be de-listed from the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.
The government of Lijiang, an ancient city and a World Cultural Heritage
site in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, has threatened to impose hefty
fines on polluters to protect the local environment.
Local companies face a maximum fine of one million yuan (US$146,000) if they
fail to meet annual targets of energy consumption and emission reduction,
sources with the local environment protection bureau said.
The companies will lose tax rebates and other preferential policies, and are
threatened to be shut down if they do not complete renovation in a stipulated
two years' time, he said.
The bureau is keeping close eyes on heavy polluters in the city, including
the cement, cigarettes and metallurgy factories, he added.
The ancient city of Lijiang, located on the northwestern tip of Yunnan, is
famous for the ancient Naxi ethnic group's residential buildings constructed in
the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The 800-year-old city, which was listed as World Cultural Heritage site in
1997, now receives four million tourists a year.
The city has recently won a UNESCO's 2007 Award of Merit for its efforts in
conservation and restoring of ancient buildings.