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China World Cultural & Natural Heritage List

World Heritage in China

World Heritage sites are selected carefully by United Nations by way of some strict procedures. It is roughly belonging to human on the earth, rather than the local people of the territory. World heritage is the masterpieces of human ancestors, which deepen our understanding on the world and human as well as the interaction between nature and human.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. UNESCO's World Heritage mission is to: encourage countries to sign the World Heritage Convention and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage; encourage States Parties to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion on the World Heritage List; encourage States Parties to establish management plans and set up reporting systems on the state of conservation of their World Heritage sites; help States Parties safeguard World Heritage properties by providing technical assistance and professional training; provide emergency assistance for World Heritage sites in immediate danger; support States Parties' public awareness-building activities for World Heritage conservation; encourage participation of the local population in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage; encourage international cooperation in the conservation of our world's cultural and natural heritage.

Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was organized by UNESCO and officially agreed on the 17th United Nations Congress on December 11, 1972. In 1976, the World Heritage Committee was founded and published the List of World Heritage. China participated into this international organization in 1985. In 1999, China became the member of World Heritage Committee. China began to apply for items of world heritage in 1986. From 1987 to 2009, there were 38 sites wirtten into the List of World Heritage in China. 27 are cultural heritage sites, 7 are natural sites and 4 cultural and natural sites. Besides, there are also four intangible cultural heritages in the world. China is ranked to be the third place in world-heritage-site possession. The sites listed into the List of World Heritage will be the international places of interest, and they also will be assisted by the World Heritage Fund. It also could be the tourism destination for world tour.

How many cultural experiences have you lived? Have you ever come to China to enjoy its wonders? No matter what you are interested in, whether it is cultural relics, natural heritages or the combinations of both, in China you will unexpectedly find pleasant surprise.

Time Location Cultural and Natural Heritage
1987 Beijing Great Wall
1987 Beijing Forbidden City (Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties)
1987 Beijing Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian
1987 Xian Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
1987 Shandong Mount Taishan
1987 Dunhuang Mogao Caves
1990 Anhui Mount Huangshan
1992 Chengdu Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
1992 Chengdu Huanglong Scenic Area
1992 Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
1994 Chengde Chengde Mountain Resort and its Eight Outer Temples
1994 Shandong Confucius Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
1994 Hubei Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
1994,2000,2001 Tibet Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Lhasa
1996 Jiangxi Lushan National Park
1996 Sichuan Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha
1997 Yunnan Old Town of Lijiang
1997 Shanxi Ancient City of Ping Yao
1997,2000 Jiangsu Classical Gardens of Suzhou
1998 Beijing Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
1998 Beijing Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
1999 Fujian Mount Wuyi
1999 Chongqing Dazu Rock Carvings
2000 Chengdu Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System
2000 Huangshan Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun
2000 Luoyang Longmen Grottoes
2000 Beijing Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (Ming Tombs, Eastern Qing Tombs, Western Qing Tombs)
2001 Datong Yungang Grottoes
2003 Yunnan Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
2004 Liaoning Shenyang Imperial Palace (Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties)
2004 Liaoning, Jilin Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom
2005 Macao Historic Centre of Macao
2006 Sichuan Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (Wolong Panda Reserve)
2006 Henan Yin Xu
2007 Yunnan,Guizhou and Chongqing South China Karst (comprising Shilin Karst, Libo Karst and Wulong Karst)
2007 Guangdong Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
2008 Fujian The Earth Buildings
2008 Jiangxi Sanqing Mountain
2009 Shanxi Mt. Wutai


World Heritage Candidates

 Yunju Temple Pagoda and Stone Sutras at Fangshan  Yongle Palace
 West Lake Liangzhu Site  Shennongjia Natural Reserve and Silk Road
 Beihai Park  The Dingcun Old Residence
 Yongji Bridge at Chengyang  The Ancient City Wall of Xi'an
 Lugou Bridge  Niuheliang Site
 Water Towns South of the Yangtze River: Zhouzhuang and Tongli  The Wooden Tower in Fogong Temple
 The Pagoda in Kaiyuan Temple  The Daming Palace Site of the Han Dynasty
 The site of Chang'an of the Han Dynasty  Anji Bridge
 Lunan Stone Forest  Copper Mine Remains of Tonglushan
 Li River of Guilin  Dule Temple
 Ancient Ruins of Shangdu City  Stele Forest of Xi'an

China Travel Destinations

 Eagerly assuming its place among the world's top travel destinations, even more so since Beijing took centre stage at the 2008 Olympics, China is an epic adventure. From the wide open and empty panoramas of Tibet to the push and shove of Shanghai, from the volcanic dishes of Si Chuan to beer by the bag in seaside Qingdao, a journey through this colossus of a country is a mesmerising encounter with the most populous and perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.
China Major CitiesAttractions
 China is incredible in many ways. The list of sights and things to do here is endless, not to mention the rich culture and wonders of this country. A few notable must-sees include the barren highlands of Tibet via the Silk Road to the bewildering Forbidden City at Beijing, the magnificent Great Wall of China. There are also the amazing thousands of Terracotta Warriors and Horses at the tomb of Qin Shi'huang in Xi'an, the intriguing citylife of (Shanghai), the breath-taking scenic beauty of Yunnan and the original Asia's world city - Hong Kong. Guilin and Yangshuo have the reputation of having the most beautiful landscape under heaven, with green hills, clear waters, pretty rocks and fantastic caves. China - experience this truly spectacular place!
China Tour Overview
 As the third largest country China satisfies nearly all need of a tourist: a modern metropolis with pioneering fashion, an ancient town with historic relics, a ski resort, a sunshine beach, a river cruise, an alpine trekking and so on. From the summit of a high peak like Mt Everest to an isle in South China Sea, from Great Namjaqbarva Canyon to lush Mongolian Pasture, from Taklmakan Desert to Huabei Plain, travelers with Dreams Travel have left, are leaving and will leave their footprints everywhere in China, or Zhongguo called in Chinese, which means Central Country, covering an area of 9,600,000 square kilometers.