I once read a Chinese professor quoted as saying, "Chinese people are too practical to be logical." It's been one of my favorite quotes since I arrived, mainly due to its ability to explain so much of the seeming contradiction and goofiness that sometimes is China.
Today, we get more evidence.
It's logical to obey the law, pay your tolls, and not destroy your cultural heritage. It is however more practical to do what's best for you...even it involves culturally scarring your people by ripping through one of your greatest landmarks all for the sake of saving a few RMB.
Good job China.