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UPDATED: 13:20, July 08, 2006
Giant panda habitat and the Yin ruins apply for World Heritage status
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The 30th Session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee, to be held in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, will review two applications for World Heritage Sites from China: the Giant Panda habitat in Sichuan province, and the Yin ruins in Henan province.

According to Tian Xiaogang, Secretary General of the China National Commission for UNESCO, said that the two sites China is reporting to UNESCO have passed preliminary appraisal. UNESCO published news on its official website that the current session will review applications from 30 countries, which include 27 sites of cultural heritage, 9 of natural heritage and 2 of mixed heritage.

The convention on the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage is one of the most widely acknowledged in the world. It promotes international cooperation in the field of heritage protection and includes 182 member countries. Since China joined the convention in 1985, a total of 31 cultural and historic sites have been listed as World Heritage sites; only Spain and Italy have more.

By People's Daily Online

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