Top 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites In China

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance. The program catalogues, names, and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. Currently, 41 properties in China are inscribed on the World Heritage List.

TERRACOTTA ARMY, MAUSOLEUM OF THE FIRST QIN EMPEROR

The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
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Top 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites In China

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

The Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.
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Top 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites In China

HONGCUN

Hongcun) is a village in Yi County county, Anhui Province, People's Republic of China, near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan. The architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties are said to be among the best of their kind in China. Together with Xidi, the village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
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POTALA PALACE

The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara. The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, in 1959.
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YUNGANG GROTTOES

The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi. They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. The others are Longmen and Mogao.
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HUANGLONG

Huanglong is a scenic and historic interest area in the northwest part of Sichuan, People's Republic of China. This area is known for its colorful pools formed by calcite deposits, especially in Huanglonggou (Yellow Dragon Gully), as well as diverse forest ecosystems, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and hot springs.
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FORBIDDEN CITY

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
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JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY

Jiuzhaigou Valley is part of the Min Shan mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Its elevation ranges from 2,000 m to 4,500 m.
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GREAT WALL OF CHINA

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications running in general east to west through the entire northern part of China, which is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, built originally in part to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces.
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OLD TOWN OF LIJIANG

The Old Town of Lijiang has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. It is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people.
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Top 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites In China

Map of World Heritage Sites in China


UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China

Cultural

  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (1987)
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor – Terracotta Warriors in Xian (1987)
  • The Great Wall (1987)
  • Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu (1987)
  • Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian in Beijing (1987)
  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet (1994)
  • Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains in Hubei (1994)
  • Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde, Hebei (1994)
  • Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu, Shandong (1994)
  • Lushan National Park in Jiangxi (1996)
  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou in Jiangsu (1997)
  • Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan (1997)
  • Ancient City of Ping Yao in Shanxi (1997)
  • Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu, Shandong (1994)
  • Lushan National Park in Jiangxi (1996)
  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou in Jiangsu (1997)
  • Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan (1997)
  • Ancient City of Ping Yao in Shanxi (1997)
  • Temple of Heaven, an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (1998)
  • Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (1998)
  • Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing (1999)
  • Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Hebei (2000)
  • Ancient Villages Xidi and Hongcun in Anhui (2000)
  • Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Sichuan (2000)
  • Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Henan(2000)
  • Yungang Grottoes in Shanxi (2001)
  • Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom in Jilin (2004)
  • Historic Centre of Macao (2005)
  • Yin Xu, the ruins of the last capital of Shang Dynasty, Henan (2006)
  • Kaiping Diaolou and Villages in Guangdong (2007)
  • Fujian Tulou (2008)

Natural


  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Sichuan (1992)
  • Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Sichuan (1992)
  • Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, Hunan (1992)
  • Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (2003)
  • Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains (2006)
  • South China Karst in Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou (2007)
  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park in Jiangxi (2008)

Mixed


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

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