Yuan Shangdu's Application for World Cultural Heritage Status Accepted
Yuan Shangdu's application for World Cultural Heritage status was accepted on June 29th, 2012. It became China's 30th World Cultural Heritage site and 42nd World Heritage site.
Shangdu, also called Xanadu, is located near the Hebei/ Inner Mongolia border, about 200 kilometers north of Beijing. It was Kublai Khan's first capital city in the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368), and therefore called Yuan Shangdu.
Shangdu covers an area of 251 square kilometers, including the wetlands, grasslands, forests, deserts and other landscapes of the Mongolian plateau. You can see ethnic dwellings, such as Mongolia-style yurts.