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Places You MUST See
UNESCO World Heritage Sites In China


China, officially known as the People’s Republic of China is a country in East Asia with an area coverage of approximately 3.7 million square miles.

China’s coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 9,000 miles long and is bounded by four seas namely; Bohai, Yellow, East China, and South China seas.

It is the world’s second largest state by land area and the most populated state. It is one of the cradles of civilization with its history beginning with an ancient civilization that flourished in the fertile basin of the Yellow River.

China has been recorded as having the second largest economy in the world with different phases of boom and recession in a span of several years.

Some of the following heritage sites have been recorded as contributing to this economy.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

in the People's Republic of China

Year of Inscription; Type

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

1992; Natural


Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor

1987; Cultural

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Mount Emei Scenic Area (including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area)

1996; Mixed

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Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun

2000; Cultural

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Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains

1994; Cultural

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Ancient City of Ping Yao

1997; Cultural

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China Danxia

2010; Natural

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Chengde Mountain Resort and Outlying Temples

1994; Cultural

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Classical Gardens of Suzhou

1997; Cultural

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Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

2013; Cultural

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Forbidden City and Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang

1987; Cultural

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Fujian Tulou

2008; Cultural

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Great Wall of China

1987; Cultural

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Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

1994; Cultural

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Hubei Shennongjia

2016; Natural

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Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

2000; Cultural

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Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area

1992; Natural

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Longmen Grottoes

2000; Cultural

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Mogao Caves

1987; Cultural

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Lushan National Park

1996; Cultural

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Mount Huangshan

1990; Mixed

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Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System

2000; Cultural


Mount Sanqingshan National Park

2008; Natural


Mount Taishan

1987; Mixed

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Mount Wutai

2009; Cultural


Mount Wuyi

1999; Mixed


Old Town of Lijiang

1997; Cultural


Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

1987; Cultural


Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor on the Silk Roads

2014; Cultural


Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries of Wolong, Mount Siguniang, and the Jiajin Mountains

2006; Natural


South China Karst

2007; Natural


Summer Palace Imperial Garden in Beijing

1998; Cultural


Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu

1994; Cultural


Temple of Heaven Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing

1998; Cultural


Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

2003; Natural

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Tusi Sites

2015; Cultural


West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou

2011; Cultural


Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area

1992; Natural



2012; Cultural


Yin Xu

2006; Cultural


Xinjiang Tianshan

2013; Natural


Yungang Grottoes

2001; Cultural


Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

2016; Cultural

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