The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Istanbul decided to put China's Guangxi Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape and Hubei Shennongjia Nature Reserve on the prestigious World Heritage List, bringing the number of listed Chinese sites to 50.
Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, Guangxi
Located on the steep cliffs in the border regions of southwest China, Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape consists of 38 sites of rock art that illustrate the life and rituals of the ancient Luoyue people of the Zhuang nationality in the drainage area of the Zuojiang River.
The sites, which date from the period around the 5th century BC to the 2nd century AD, depict ceremonies that have been interpreted as portraying the bronze drum culture once prevalent across southern China, and are the only remains of this culture today.
The rock paintings were painted with the mixed pigment modulated with hematite, animal glue and blood, and looked red. The painting is 170 odd meters in width, 40 odd meters in height, and covers an area of about 8,000 square meters. There are still about 1,900 odd countable images in about 110 groups, except those blurred ones.
Shennongjia Nature Reserve, Hubei
Located in Hubei province in central-eastern China, the Shennongjia Nature Reserve has an attractive landscape with lofty karstic mountains and boundless forests. The site consists of two components: Shennongding/Badong to the west and Laojunshan to the east.
It protects the largest primary forests remaining in Central China and provides a habitat for many rare animal species, such as the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Golden or Snub-nosed Monkey, the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard and the Asian Black Bear.
Visiting a heritage site helps people learn about the Chinese culture and history. China has 50 UNESCO heritage sites to this day. Are you fascinated by the other 48 heritage sites in China? Feast your eyes on these sites before planning a tour in China.
1. Peking Man Site, Beijing (1987)
2. Mogao Caves, Gansu (1987)
3. Mount Tai, Shandong (1987)
4. The Great Wall, Northern China (1987)
5. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Xi'an (1987)
6. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (including the Forbidden City and Mukden Palace), Beijing and Shenyang (1987)
7. Mount Huangshan, Anhui (1990)
8. Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Sichuan (1992)
9. Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Zhangjiajie, Hunan (1992)
10. Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Sichuan (1992)
11. Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains, Heibei (1994)
12. Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu, Shandong (1994)
13. Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples in Chengde, Hebei (1994)
14. Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Tibet (1994)
15. Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, Sichuan (1996)
16. Lushan National Park, Jiangxi (1996)
17. Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Jiangsu (1997)
18. Ancient City of Pingyao, Shanxi (1997)
19. Old Town of Lijiang, Yunnan (1997)
20. Temple of Heaven, Beijing (1998)
21. The Summer Palace, Beijing (1998)
22. Mount Wuyi, Fujian (1999)
23. Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing (1999)
24. Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (2000)
25. Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, including the Ming Dynasty Tombs and the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Beijing and Nanjing (2000)
26. Longmen Grottoes, Henan (2000)
27. Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Sichuan (2000)
28. Yungang Grottoes, Shanxi (2001)
29. Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (2003)
30. Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom, Jilin (2004)
31. Historic Centre of Macau (2005)
32. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (2006)
33. Yinxu, Anyang, Henan (2006)
34. South China Karst (2007)
35. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, Guangdong (2007)
36. Fujian Tulou (2008)
37. Sanqingshan, Jiangxi (2008)
38. Mount Wutai, Shanxi (2009)
39. Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth", Henan (2010)
40. China Danxia (2010)
41. West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, Zhejiang (2011)
42. Site of Xanadu, Inner Mongolia (2012)
43. Chengjiang Fossil Site, Yunnan (2012)
44. Xinjiang Tianshan (2013)
45. Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, Yunnan (2013)
46. Grand Canal (2014)
47. Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor (2014)
48. Tusi Sites, Hunan, Hebei and Guizhou (2015)
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