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50 Places You MUST See
UNESCO World Heritage Sites In China

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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

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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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Chengjiang Fossil Site

2012; Natural

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Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

2013; Cultural

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Dazu Rock Carvings

1999; 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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Grand Canal

2014; Cultural

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Great Wall of China

1987; Cultural

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Historic Center of Macao

2005; Cultural

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Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa

1994; Cultural

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Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Center of Heaven and Earth”

2010; 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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Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

2004; Cultural

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Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area

1992; Natural

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Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

2007; Cultural

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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

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Mount Sanqingshan National Park

2008; Natural

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Mount Taishan

1987; Mixed

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Mount Wutai

2009; Cultural

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Mount Wuyi

1999; Mi