eing restored as well. We have no room for even the slightest error,” Song said.
Liu Qingzhu, a cultural heritage expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “In anci
ent times, thunderstorms were the biggest threats for wooden architecture. They became much safer after l
ighting rods were widely installed. However, the use of electricity in restorations has created a new problem.”
Unlike the stone structures of much ancient architecture in the W
est, wood was the primary building material in ancient China. “If a fire similar to the one at Notre
Dame in Paris happened at a Chinese building, the whole building would probably burn down,” Liu said.
Hours after the fire in Paris, the Palace Museum in
Beijing, China’s former imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the Forbidden City, held an eme
rgency meeting to go over its fire-prevention efforts. It is the world’s biggest architectural complex made of wood.
energy vehicles (NEV), sales of NEVs reached 111,000 in March, up 100.9 percent year-o
n-year, with NEV wholesales accounting for 254,000 units in the first quarter.
CPCA predicts a 40 percent increase in NEV sales to 1.7 million
units in 2019, based on these first quarter figures.
As China began to cut manufacturing sector VAT from 16 to 13 percent on April 1, som
e imported and high-end vehicle brands lowered prices to boost sales nationwide.
As the industrial chain of domestic-made goods are comparatively longer than that of imports howe
ver, most domestic manufacturers have not lowered prices for goods, including automobiles.
“Consumers should not expect too much on price cuts of automo
biles, but choose vehicles based on demand and affordability,” CPCA said.