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World Heritage Sites in China (45, up to 2013)

(People's Daily Online)

13:03, July 12, 2013

(PD Online)

The 37th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee (WHC) inscribed northwest China's Xinjiang Tianshan natural site on the World Heritage List on June 21, 2013. The next day, China's cultural landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces was inscribed on the list, bringing the total number of World Heritage Sites in China to 45.

Since joining the International Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985, the number of world heritage sites in China has increased to 45, next only to Italy that has 49 on the List. Of these 31 are cultural heritage sites, 10 are natural heritage sites, and four are cultural and natural (mixed) sites.

Following is a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China. These sites comprise some of the most essential part of China's valuable and rich tourism resources.

31 World Cultural Heritage Sites (include World Cultural Landscape Heritage Sites):

>> Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (2013)

>> Site of Xanadu (2012)

>> West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (2011)

>> Historic Dengfeng Monuments at "the Center of Heaven and Earth" (2010)

>> Mount Wutai (2009)

>> Fujian Tulou (2008)

>> Kaiping Diaolou and Villages in Guangdong (2007)

>> Yin Xu (2006)

>> The Historic Centre of Macao (2005)

>> Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (2004)

>> Yungang Grottoes (2001)

>> Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (2000)

>> Longmen Grottoes (2000)

>> Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (2000)

>> Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (2000)

>> Dazu Rock Carvings (1999)

>> Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (1998)

>> Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (1998)

>> Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997)

>> Ancient City of Ping Yao (1997)

>> Old Town of Lijiang (1997)

>> Lushan National Park (1996)

>> Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (1994)

>> Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (1994)

>> Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde (1994)

>> Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (1994)

>> The Imperial Palace (1987)

>> Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (1987)

>> Mogao Caves (1987)

>> Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (1987)

>> The Great Wall (1987)

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