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Regulation for the Implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Cultural Relics

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 These Rules for the Implementation are formulated in accordance with the Law of the People's Republic of China on Protection of Cultural Relics (hereinafter referred to as Law on Protection of Cultural Relics).

Article 2 The cultural relics such as sites related to revolutionary history, memorial buildings, sites of ancient culture, ancient tombs, ancient architectural structures, cave temples and stone carvings are classified into major sites to be protected for their historical and cultural value at the national level, sites to be protected for their historical and cultural value at the level of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government and sites to be protected for their historical and cultural value at the level of counties, autonomous counties and cities.

Cultural relics such as memorial objects, works of art, handicraft articles, revolutionary documents, manuscripts, ancient or old books and materials, and typical material objects are classified into valuable cultural relics and ordinary cultural relics. Valuable cultural relics are classified into Grades One, Two, and Three.

Article 3 The State department for cultural administration in charge of the work concerning cultural relics throughout the country specified in Article 3 of the Law on Protection of Cultural Relics refers to the State Bureau of Cultural Relics. The State Bureau of Cultural Relics shall administer, supervise and guide the work concerning protection of cultural relics throughout the country according to law.

Local people's governments at various levels shall place under their protection cultural relics in their respective administrative areas.

The organs for protection and control of cultural relics set up by the local people's governments at the level of county and at various levels higher than it are the administrative departments of cultural relics; where there are no organs for protection and control of cultural relics, the departments for cultural administration are the administrative departments of cultural relics. The administrative departments of cultural relics at various levels administer the work concerning the cultural relics within their respective administrative areas.

Article 4 The public security organs, the administrative departments for industry and commerce, the departments in charge of urban and rural planning and the Customs at various levels shall, in accordance with the provisions of the Law on the Protection of Cultural Relics, and within their respective competence, see to it that the work concerning protection of cultural relics be well done.

Article 5 The operating expenses for cultural relics undertakings and the capital construction for cultural relics shall be listed in the respective financial budgets of the financial departments of the people's governments at the level of county and at the various levels higher than it and administered in a unified manner by the administrative departments of cultural relics at the same level. The expenditure of capital construction for cultural relics, the expenses for repair and maintenance and the expenses for archaeological excavations shall be earmarked as special funds for such specified purposes only and be controlled strictly. All the incomes of the cultural relics institutions and enterprises which belong to the administrative departments of cultural relics at various levels shall be used for cultural relics undertakings only as supplementary funds for protection and control of cultural relics, and may not be used for any other purposes.

Chapter II Sites to Be Protected for Their Historical and Cultural Value

Article 6 Sites to be protected for their historical and cultural value at different levels shall be approved and publicly announced in accordance with the procedures specified in Article 7 of the Law on Protection of Cultural Relics. Cultural relics which face under those listed in paragraph 1 of Article 7 of the Law on Protection of Cultural Relics but are not yet publicly announced as sites to be protected for their historical and cultural value shall be registered and protected by the people's governments of the relevant counties, autonomous counties or cities.

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