The cultural heritage preservation of Hualien County is authorized by The Cultural Heritage Preservation Act amended on Oct. 31st, 2005. According to Article 3 of the Act, cultural heritage refers to items with historical, cultural, artistic, and scientific values, which are designated or registered as historic sites, ancient structures, traditional gathering habitations, archeological sites, cultural attractions, and traditional arts, distinctive arts of an ethnic group, cultural artifacts, and ancient objects.
If county citizens discover any valuable items of cultural heritage, the individual or the group may report to Hualien County Cultural Bureau according to Article 12, 37, 53, 57, and 87 of The Cultural Heritage Preservation Act if the item is within the content and scope of historic sites, ancient structures, traditional gathering habitations, archeological sites, cultural attractions, traditional arts, distinctive arts of an ethnic group, cultural artifacts, and ancient objects, or if the item has the required techniques and owner of cultural heritage preservation. The bureau shall register it after legal appraisal.
Authorized by present The Cultural Heritage Preservation Act, Hualien County continue to register each cultural heritage. Moreover, the county has assisted owners of cultural heritages to preserve and re-use these designated and registered items based on the Act. Among them, Jian Ching-xiu Yuan and Pine Garden have been restored and their operation has been outsourced. In addition, the bureau is in charge of compiling and editing the county’s history and assisting Hualien City, townships, and tribes to manage and edit their own written histories and literary files, and relevant literature sorting and so on.