Sacrificial protection is a kind of active preventive intervention to conserve authentic fabric of architectural heritage, especially surfaces. This paper investigates the term of sacrificial protection and technical options, summarising that sacrificial plasters, shelter coating and plastic repair or re-pointing are three proven sacrificial protection measurements to conserve architectural ... [Show full abstract] surfaces. Two case studies show the preliminary approaches with help of sacrificial protection concept to restore historic fair-faced brick façades in China. Sacrificial protection concept did not originate from Chinese conservation practices, but it provides new prospects for sustainable conservation and revitalisation of architectural heritage. The implementation of sacrificial protection is still limited and more scientific studies are needed although most of approaches are traditional.