Cultural Inheritance and Heritage Preservation: The CPC’s Efforts through Personal Experience


As the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrates its 103rd anniversary on July 1, 2024, it offers a moment of reflection on the profound impact the Party has had on China’s cultural and historical landscape. Having had the opportunity to witness this firsthand during my visits to China in 2016 and again in 2023, I can attest to the CPC’s remarkable efforts in preserving and promoting Chinese culture, fostering a deep sense of national pride, and demonstrating the potential for tourism.

Personal Journey: 2016 and 2023 Visits to China

In 2016, I traveled to China with my family on a trip organized by the Chinese Consulate in Karachi. This journey was a revelation, as we explored ancient historical sites and experienced the rich traditions of Chinese culture. The impression left on us was profound-seeing people wearing traditional clothes and participating in cultural practices that have been preserved for thousands of years was truly inspiring.
Fast forward to June 2023, I had the privilege of visiting China again, this time with an eight-member delegation of journalists from Pakistan, once again arranged by the Chinese Consulate in Karachi. Revisiting places like Hangzhou and Suzhou, known for their historical significance, I was struck by how these cities remained as captivating as ever. The meticulous preservation of culture and history was evident, and the same reverence for tradition was palpable.
Inheritance of Traditional CultureThe CPC has played a crucial role in promoting traditional Chinese culture. Festivals such as the Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival are celebrated with renewed enthusiasm, reflecting a deep connection to Chinese heritage. The preservation and promotion of traditional arts, including Peking Opera, calligraphy, and Chinese painting, ensure that these cultural treasures continue to thrive in modern society.

Education has been at the heart of this cultural promotion . By integrating traditional Chinese philosophy, literature, and history into the national curriculum, the CPC has instilled a sense of cultural pride among the younger generation. Additionally, initiatives like the Confucius Institutes worldwide have successfully promoted Chinese language and culture on a global scale.

Heritage Preservation

The CPC’s commitment to heritage preservation is evident in numerous policies and projects aimed at protecting China’s historical sites and artifacts. Significant restoration efforts at sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and ancient temples highlight the government’s dedication to preserving these cultural landmarks.

Promoting Tourism

China’s rich cultural heritage and historical preservation efforts make it a remarkable destination for tourists. From the bustling cities with modern conveniences to the serene historical towns of Hangzhou and Suzhou, China offers a unique blend of the old and new. The potential for tourism is immense, and it is heartening to see how the CPC has promoted cultural understanding and appreciation through tourism.

Reflection and Criticism

Reflecting on our own country, Pakistan, there is much we can learn from China’s approach to cultural preservation and national unity. While it is good to critique ourselves, it should be constructive. Pakistan has enormous potential, yet we often rely on others to initiate and execute projects, only to criticize them later.
My journeys to China in 2016 and 2023 have provided me with a firsthand understanding of the CPC’s dedication to cultural promotion and heritage preservation. The way China maintains its long history and traditions is truly commendable and offers valuable lessons for us in Pakistan. As we celebrate the CPC’s 103rd anniversary, it’s worth acknowledging their achievements in cultural preservation and considering how we might apply similar dedication to our own heritage and national development.