UNESCO and World Bank Expand Partnership

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Out of 936 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a whopping 41 are located in China (the third-highest number of UNESCO properties out of all other nations, behind only Spain and Italy).

For this reason, the conservation of these properties is of extreme importance. Thankfully, the newly signed set of concrete joint initiatives from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the World Bank and UNESCO celebrates China’s inscribed properties.  According to the World Bank, “the overall objective of the MoU is to provide a framework for technical cooperation between UNESCO and the World Bank in the following areas: Historic Cities Preservation and Rehabilitation, The Promotion of Cultural Diversity, The Conservation of Natural Heritage Sites, and The Economics of Culture.”

UNESCO and World Bank Expand Partnership
Mogao Caves

China’s 41 Heritage Sites are listed below.

  1. Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
  2. Ancient City of Pingyao
  3. Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun
  4. Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom
  5. China Danxia
  6. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  7. Dazu Rock Carvings
  8. Fujian Tulou
  9. Historic Centre of Macao
  10. Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
  11. Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”
  12. Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
  13. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
  14. Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
  15. Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
  16. Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
  17. Longmen Grottoes
  18. Lushan National Park
  19. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  20. Mogao Caves
  21. Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area
  22. Mount Huangshan
  23. Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System
  24. Mount Sanqingshan National Park
  25. Mount Taishan
  26. Mount Wutai
  27. Mount Wuyi
  28. Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde
  29. Old Town of Lijiang
  30. Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian
  31. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries – Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains
  32. South China Karst
  33. Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
  34. Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
  35. Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
  36. The Great Wall
  37. Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
  38. West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou
  39. Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
  40. Yin Xu
  41. Yungang Grottoes
UNESCO and World Bank Expand Partnership
Potala Palace

Visit UNESCO’s interactive world map by clicking here.

To see a full list of World Heritage sites, please click here.


WildChina proudly visits many of these sites on our journeys. Follow the links above to learn more about how you can visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your WildChina journey or email us at info@wildchina.com. Departures in Fall of 2011 include a journey to see Yosemite’s Sister Parks in China in September and a photography expedition along the Silk Road in October.

Photo by WildChina.

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