China World Heritage Sites List

China, as a famous ancient civilization, the number of world heritage sites has increased to 45 since China joined the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985 to June 2013. Among these 31 are cultural heritage sites, 10 are natural heritage sites, and four are cultural and natural heritage sites. Long-standing history makes China inherited a very precious world cultural and natural heritage, they are the common rarities of mankind.

China World Cultural and Natural Sites (Mixed, 4)

1.Mount Tai (Tai’an City, Shangdong provinceDec. 1987)

2.Yellow Mountain (Huangshan City, Anhui provinceDec. 1990)

3. Emei Mountain (Emeishan City, Sichuan provinceDec. 1996)

4.Wuyi Mountain (Wuyishan City, Fujian provinceDec. 1999)

China World Natural Sites (8)

1. Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Zhangjiajie City, Hunan province Dec. 1992)

2. Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Sichuan provinceDec. 1992)

3.Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Sichuan provinceDec. 1992)

4.Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (Yunnan ProvinceDec. 2003)

5.Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (Sichuan provinceDec. 2006)

6.Mount Sanqing (Jiangxi ProvinceDec. 2008)

7.South China Karst (Yunnan, Guizhou provinces and Chongqing municipalityDec. 2007)

8.Danxia Landform of China (Hunan, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and Guizhou provinces Dec. 2010)

China World Cultural Sites (28)

1.The Great Wall Northern China (Beijing, Hebei, Tianjin, Liaoning, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai,Dec. 1987)

2.Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (Beijing,Dec. 1987)

3.Mogao Caves ( Dunhuang, Gansu province,Dec. 1987)

4.The Mausoleum of Qinshihuang and the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses (Xi’an, Shaanxi province,Dec. 1987)

5.Forbidden City and Mukden Palace(Beijing-Dec. 1987; Shenyang-July. 2004)

6.Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples in Chengde (Chengde, Hebei Province.Dec., 1994)

7.Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion (Qufu, Shangdong Province, Dec.,1994)

8.Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (Danjiangkou, Hubei Province, Dec., 1994)

9.Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, including the Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka (Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, Dec., 1994)

10.Fujian Tulou (Fujian province, July, 7th, 2008)

11.Old Town of Lijiang (Lijiang, Yunnan province, Dec., 1997)

12.Ancient City of Ping Yao (Shanxi province, Dec., 1997)

13.Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Jiangsu province, Dec., 1997)

14.Summer Palace (Beijing, Nov., 1998)

15.Temple of Heaven (Beijing, Nov., 1998)

16.Dazu Rock Carvings (Chongqing, Dec., 1999)

17.Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (including the Ming Xianling Mausoleum-Hubei province, Eastern Qing Tombs-Hebei province, Western Qing Tombs-Hebei province, Nov,       2001; the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum-Jiangsu province,the Ming Dynasty Tombs-Beijing, July, 2003; the Three Mausoleums of Shengjing-Liaoning province, July, 2004)

18.Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui - Xidi and Hongcun (Huangshan, Anhui province, Nov, 2000)

19.Longmen Grottoes (Luoyang, Henan province, Nov, 2000)

20.Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, Nov. 1, 2000) 

21.Yungang Grottoes (Datong, Shanxi province, Dec., 2001)

22.Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (Jilin and Liaoning provinces, July, 1, 2004 )

23.Historic Center of Macau (Macau, 2005)

24.Yinxu (Anyang, Henan province, July 13rd, 2006)

25.Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (Guangdong province, June 28th, 2007)

26.Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Center of Heaven and Earth" (Dengfeng, Henan province, Aug. 2nd, 2010)

27.Xinjiang Tianshan (Xinjiang, June 21, 2013)

28.Honghe Hani Rice Terraces(Yuanyang County, Yunnan province, June 22, 2013)

World Heritage Cultural Landscapes (3)

1.Lushan National Park (Jiangxi Province, Dec. 1996)

2.Wutai Mountain (Shanxi, Jun. 2009)

3.West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, Jun. 2011)

Candidates List of World Heritage Sites in China

The Grand Canal, the Complex of Ancient Chinese Liquor Brewing Sites, the Complex of Ming and Qing City Wall (Xing Cheng, Nanjing, Jingzhou, Xi’an), the Silk Road (the section in China), the Diaolou and Villages of the Tibetan and Qiang Ethnic Group, the Dong Villages in Southeast of Guizhou Province.


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