Jinci Temple in Taiyuan, Shanxi province [Photo/VCG] 

The cultural relics bureau of Taiyuan, capital of North China's Shanxi province, recently received a fund of 5 million yuan ($791,266.25) from the Shanxi Cultural Relics Bureau. 

It is a form of recognition and support for Taiyuan for its efforts to protect cultural relics over the past year. 

In 2021, Taiyuan prioritized the protection of cultural relics, and integration of historical and cultural exploration and utilization. 

The city was the first in the province to issue detailed implementation rules for the protection claim of cultural relic buildings and announce a list of candidates. It signed six protection claim agreements with individuals and organizations.

Ten sites in the city were recognized as cultural relic sites under provincial key protection.

The local districts of Yingze and Jinyuan were selected as demonstration areas for the protection and utilization of special cultural relics in Shanxi, while Jinci Temple and Yongzuo Temple were selected as pilot sites for the protection and utilization of national treasure-level cultural relics in Shanxi. 

Cultural relic tourist attractions, museums and memorial halls in the city received more than 4.91 million visits last year, up 35.56 percent year-on-year, and generated 39.74 million yuan in ticket revenue, up 45.05 percent year-on-year.