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JlwRfwkm t1_je7l8re wrote

I would argue people did not value historical monuments the same way we are valuing them now. When I grew up Beijing, there’s quite a few 四合院, which is basically a house with 4 sides and a central courtyard. People abandoned those to live in new modern buildings.

Now, some of those are worth up to hundreds of millions of dollars due to historic value.