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An awarding ceremony for Yihe Mansion in Nanjing, China

Mr. Du Xiaofan from UNESCO Beijing presented the Honourable Mention award of the 2014 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation to Nanjing Yihe Mansion.

Nanjing Yihe Mansion, located in the 12th block of Yihe road, consists of 26 buildings built in the Republic of China period (1912-1949), which were still kept in their original styles. It is learned that Nanjing Yihe Mansion will use its nine buildings to hold an 8-themed exhibition which is scheduled to start its free trial operation in the New Year period of 2015.

The Heritage Awards jury panel praised the Nanjing Yihe Mansions, project: “The enclave of late 1920s mansions are a testimony to the period of modern Chinese architecture known alternatively as the “Republic” or “National” Style which are increasingly under threat around the country from development pressures. Neglected and in many cases dilapidated, the twenty-six properties included in the Yihe Mansions Project still conveyed a sense of their past elegance. They have now been incorporated into a modern hotel, with each house serving as a separate unit. The project focused on the careful renovation and restoration of building exteriors and the adaptation of interior spaces to modern use. The stucco-covered brick buildings carry a strong sense of their original character and provide a glimpse into an important transitional period in China’s history.”

“The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards have over a decade brought to light successful private sector efforts in conserving heritage buildings in the region,” said Mr. Du. “UNESCO believes that commending such initiatives will encourage others to undertake conservation projects, either through local community efforts or by seeking public-private partnerships.”

The Award programme is generously sponsored by the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation.

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