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UPDATED: September 6, 2010 NO. 36 SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
Architecture Informs History
Clusters of ancient architecture in central China have recently been entered on the world heritage list

Chinese Properties Inscribed on the World Heritage List


  • The Great Wall (Beijing, 1987)
  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (the Forbidden City, Beijing, 1987; Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, 2004)
  • Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (Beijing, 1987)
  • Mogao Caves (Gansu Province, 1987)
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Shaanxi Province, 1987)
  • Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde (Hebei Province, 1994)
  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (Tibet Autonomous Region, 1994)
  • Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (Shandong Province, 1994)
  • Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountain (Hubei Province, 1994)
  • Lushan National Park (Jiangxi Province, 1996)
  • Ancient City of Pingyao (Shanxi Province, 1997)
  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Jiangsu Province, 1997)
  • Old Town of Lijiang (Yunnan Province, 1997)
  • Summer Palace, an imperial garden in Beijing (Beijing, 1998)
  • Temple of Heaven, an imperial sacrificial altar in Beijing (Beijing, 1998)
  • Dazu Rock Carvings (Chongqing Municipality, 1999)
  • Imperial Mausoleums of the Ming and Qing dynasties (Ming Xianling Mausoleum, Hubei Province, 2000; Qing Dongling Mausoleum and Qing Xiling Mausoleum, Hebei Province, 2000; Ming Tombs, Beijing, 2003; Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Jiangsu, 2003; three imperial mausoleums of Shengjing, Liaoning Province, 2004)
  • Longmen Grottoes (Henan Province, 2000)
  • The Qingcheng Mountain and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (Sichuan Province, 2000)
  • Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui--Xidi and Hongcun (Anhui Province, 2000)
  • Yungang Grottoes (Shanxi Province, 2001)
  • Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (Liaoning and Jilin provinces, 2004)
  • Historic Center of Macao (Macao Special Administrative Region, 2005)
  • Yinxu (Henan Province, 2006)
  • Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (Guangdong Province, 2007)
  • Fujian Tulou (Fujian Province, 2008)
  • Wutai Mountain (Shanxi Province, 2009)
  • Historic Monuments of Dengfeng (Henan Province, 2010)


  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Sichuan Province, 1992)
  • Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Sichuan Province, 1992)
  • Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Hunan Province, 1992)
  • Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (Yunnan Province, 2003)
  • Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries--Wolong, Siguniang Mountain and Jiajin Mountains (Sichuan Province, 2006)
  • South China Karst (Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and Chongqing Municipality, 2007)
  • Sanqing Mountain National Park (Jiangxi Province, 2008)
  • China Danxia (Guizhou, Guangdong, Hunan, Fujian, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, 2010)


  • Taishan Mountain (Shandong Province, 1987)
  • Huangshan Mountain (Anhui Province, 1990)
  • Emei Mountain Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (Sichuan Province, 1996)
  • Wuyi Mountain (Fujian Province, 1999)

(Source: unesco.org)

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