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Family fighting to preserve old house
http://www.dongguantoday.com    2/21/2012 9:48:00 AM

Members of a large family are fighting to preserve their 80-year-old ancestral house in Xiyangwei Village on southeast Shenzhen’s Dapeng Peninsula.

One of eight natural villages in the peninsula’s Xichong area, Xiyangwei is one of six villages slated for relocation in plans for Dapeng New Zone, the Daily Sunshine reported yesterday. Most of Xichong will be turned into an international vacation and conference center.

Built in 1932 and covering 320 square meters, the three-story house took the Liang family three years to build, decades ago.

“The house contains memorial tablets of my ancestors,” said Liang Nanlai, a 63-year-old family member.

Liang works in Hong Kong and visits the house every holiday, to honor ancestors and spend time with relatives.

“If the house is demolished, my roots will disappear,” Liang said.

The Liang family, which has more than 40 members, has suggested that the house could be turned into a small folk museum.

Feng Yi, vice director of planning and design for the city’s coast administration, said for preservation to occur, experts must evaluate whether Liang’s ancestral house has value as a cultural relic. The house also could be preserved if it has valuable folk features.

Liu, of Dapeng New Zone’s publicity department, said if the Liang family’s house really has value, the new zone would consider removing Xiyangwei Village from the relocation list.

He Fang, of the Shenzhen Beilinyuan landscaping and architecture design institute, said the Liang family’s appeal for preservation indicates that original planning for the new zone was not double-checked and needs revision.

He also called for better preservation of other historic villages on Dapeng Peninsula. “Although they were built more than 100 years ago, all the buildings in Baguang Village have been demolished,” He said.

(By Martin Li)

Source:Shenzhen Daily  Editor: Zhou Mingfeng