Outrage over cartoon frescos
THE Chinese authorities have "restored" centuries-old Buddhist frescos in a temple by painting them over with cartoon-like figures from Taoist myths, reports said on Tuesday, prompting outrage online.
It is the latest example of controversial heritage preservation in China, where many ancient structures have been destroyed in recent decades, sometimes to be replaced by replicas.
Two officials were sacked over the incident, the Global Times reported.
The Yunjie temple in Chaoyang, in the north-eastern province of Liaoning, was built more than 270 years ago and the delicate original paintings had survived, albeit crumbling, until the "refurbishment".
The new paintings are bold, simplistic, and of completely different subjects.