1. Do most people agree to the government’s funding to protect historical buildings?
I guess yes, I’m not terribly familiar with architecture, or administrative affair, but in my sense, or, in a common sense, donations from individuals or organisations are not mainstream sources of funding in such projects. Most people still agree, and they actually believe that the government should be responsible for these. But I’m looking more at my country. I heard that in some extremely underdeveloped country like Cambodia, they do rely on the UNESCO to do the job.
2. Is it necessary to protect historical buildings?
Well, that will be necessary if the historical buildings are actually historic, that is, if they are of significant archaeological, architectural, or aesthetical value. Cuz you see, buildings with those values are absolutely cultural heritage of the country, and they are, in fact, more than witnesses of history, they ARE living history. However, we should balance protection of these crucial properties and thriving of modern society. That’s why I think they should be evaluated first. Cuz if they are of no or very little importance, they shouldn’t be in our way of development.
3. Why do people visit historical buildings?
Because historical buildings allow you to be in the history, and if permitted, maybe touch the history with your own hands. These are the things you can never experience by reading a book or watching a documentary. Also, unlike paintings and crafts, buildings can rarely be included in the collection of any museum. Sometimes, interestingly, they will become museums themselves. These factors make them irreplaceable, and you just have got to go there in person.
4. Do Chinese people like to visit historical buildings?
Yea, I do think so. And fortunately, we have more than enough historical buildings to visit. Learning Chinese history can be a very long and exhausting trek, even for Chinese people, just because it’s amazingly long. Well, but that doesn’t make it a boring task. Very often you really need go on a field trip and visit them yourself, so as to feel and experience history in a vivid way.