Burnt-out Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-la under Restoration
The photo shows the workers looking for reusable building materials at a ruin in the Dukezong Ancient Town of Shangri-La, southwest China’s Yunnan Province. A general restoration plan for the ancient town which caught fire in this January has been issued. According to the plan about 1.2 billion yuan will be invested, all affected residences in the town will be fixed by the end of 2014 and the whole project is expected to be finished within three years. Dukezong, which with a history of over 1,300 years, was known for its most and best preserved Tibetan style architectures. The fire that broke out in January burnt nearly a fifth of the ancient town's core preservation area.
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