Pain, dreams linger in burnt down ancient town


Photo taken on Jan. 12, 2014 shows the fire site at the Dukezong Ancient Town of Shangri-la, a resort county in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. More than 240 houses were damaged by the fire that started in the early hours of Saturday. The fire has been extinguished and no casualties have been reported as of Jan.12. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Dukezong, meaning “town of the moon”, was built 1,300 years ago and is one of the most renowned resorts in Shangri-la, known for its well-preserved ancient Tibetan dwellings.

by Xinhua writers Hu Tao, Ji Zhepeng, Wang Jinyuan
SHANGRI-LA, Yunnan, Jan. 13 — The smell of ash lingered over a snowy ancient town in Shangri-la, a famous tourist site in southwest China, on Monday.
As many as 300 homes were destroyed in the 1,300-year-old Tibetan town of Dukezong in Yunnan Province on Saturday after its worst fire in its history. More than 2,600 residents have been relocated.
“I grew up here. I am heartbroken at the sight of such a beautiful ancient town being turned to ash,” said Li Gang, director with the Cultural Relic Management Institute with the Deqen Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
“This is a warning to us about protecting and conserving the town and its traditional culture,” he said.
Once a hub along the ancient Tea-Horse Road, Dukezong was built according to “Shambhala — The Chinese government is tightening fire controls at cultural heritage sites after a blaze at an ancient town in southwest China on Saturday.
The State Administration of Cultural Heritage on Monday issued a notice to provincial cultural heritage departments, telling them to step up fire controls in ancient cities, towns and villages. Full story
Fire in China’s Shangri-la put out
SHANGRI-LA, Yunnan, Jan. 11 — A fire that started in the early hours of Saturday in an ancient town in Shangri-la, a resort county in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, has been completely put out.
The fire broke out at 1:37 a.m. at the Ruyi Inn in the Dukezong Ancient Town, where most houses are made of wood, a factor which added difficulties to firefighting, said a local government spokesman at a press conference. Full story
Fire in China’s Shangri-la damages 240 houses
KUNMING, Jan. 11 — More than 240 houses were damaged by a fire that started in the early hours of Saturday in an ancient town in Shangri-la, a resort county in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, forcing 2,600 residents to evacuate.
The fire lasted nine hours till 10:30 a.m. at the Ruyi Inn in the Dukezong Ancient Town, where most houses are made of wood, a factor which added difficulties to firefighting, said a local government spokesman. Full story
Ancient town catches fire in China’s Shangri-la
KUNMING, Jan. 11 — An ancient town in Shangri-la, a resort county in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, caught fire early Saturday, local authorities said.
The fire broke out at 1:27 a.m. at the Dukezong Ancient Town, where most house are made of wood, adding difficulties to the fire fighting, said a local government spokesman. Full story[db:内容2]