Shimao Stone City in Shenmu County, Shaanxi Province and the Liangzhu Ancient Ruins in Zhejiang Province were listed in the world's top ten archaeological sites, together with Egypt's Giza Plateau and sites of the Maya civilization in Guatemala.
The announcement was made at the first Shanghai Archaeological Forum held in the China Art Museum in Pudong on August 23, 2013. 170 archaeologists from 28 countries of the world had taken part in the Forum.
Shimao Stone City, dating back to 2,000 years BC, between the Neolithic period and the early Xia Dynasty, provides vital data on the beginning of Chinese civilization. It is in Shenmu County, Yulin Prefecture, Shaanxi Province, about 300 kilometers north of Xi'an, and 200 kilometers east of Taiyuan, both of which are highly recommended historical cities.
Liangzhu Ancients Ruins have a history of 4,300–5,300 years. It is one of the biggest ancient cities discovered in China, and known as the cradle of Neolithic jade culture. They can be found in the small town of Liangzhu in northwest Hangzhou, just outside the city,which was once an ancient capital of China.
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