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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.
China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.3 p
ercent year-on-year in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
The increase was up from 1.5 percent in February.
Food prices climbed 4.1 percent year-on-year in March, up from 0.7 perc
ent in February, yet on a month-on-month basis food prices went down 0.9 percent, the NBS said.
Due to low vegetable yields in spring and cold rainy weather, prices of fresh vegetables posted a fast growth of 16.2 perce
nt year-on year in March, contributing 0.42 percentage points to the year-on-year CPI growth.
The growth of the pork price rebounded after declining for 25 consecutive months, rising 5.1 percent year-on-year in March.
On a month-on-month basis, the pork price moderately went up 1.2 percent on average nati
onwide as outbreaks of African swine fever were gradually contained, according to the NBS.