World Heritage Sites in China

As of 2010, 40 noteworthy Chinese sites were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritages List. Twenty-nine of these were inscribed as World Cultural Heritage Sites, while seven were inscribed as World Natural Heritage Sites, and four were inscribed as both Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites.

A catalogue of all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in China is shown below, with links to specific web pages that provide in-depth information concerning each heritage site.

List of World Heritage Sites in China

NameYear of RecognitionCategoryLocationNameYear of RecognitionCategoryLocation
Great Wall of China1987Cultural HeritageBeijingMausoleum of the First Qin Emperor1987Cultural HeritageXi'an
Mogao Grottoes1987Cultural HeritageDunhuangPeking Man Site at Zhoukoudian1987Cultural HeritageBeijing
Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties: The Forbidden City, Shenyang Imperial Palace1987Cultural HeritageBeijing and ShenyangMount Taishan1987Cultural and Natural HeritagShandong
Mount Huangshan (The Yellow Mountains)1990Cultural and Natural HeritageHuangshanJiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area1992Natural HeritageSichuan
Mount Emei Scenic Spot andLeshan Giant Buddha Scenic Spot1992Cultural and Natural HeritageSichuanWulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area1992Natural HeritageZhangjiajie
Huanglong Scenic and historic Interest Area1992Natural HeritageSichuanPotala Palace1994Cultural HeritageLhasa
Chengde Summer Palace1994Cultural HeritageChengdeAncient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains1994Cultural HeritageHubei
Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion1994Cultural HeritageShandongLushan National Park1996Cultural HeritageJiangxi
Suzhou Gardens:Lion Grove, Humble Administrator Garden, Lingering Garden, Garden of Master of the Nets1997Cultural HeritageSuzhouPingyao Ancient Town1997Cultural HeritagePingyao
Old Town Lijiang1997
Cultural HeritageLijiangSummer Palace1998Cultural HeritageBeijing
Temple of Heaven1998Cultural HeritageBeijingDazu Rock Carvings1999Cultural HeritageChongqing
Mount Wuyi1999Cultural HeritageXiamenXidi Village and Hongcun Village2000Cultural HeritageHuangshan
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties2000Cultural HeritageBeijingLongmen Grottoes2000Cultural HeritageLuoyang
Qingchengshan Mountain and Dujiangyan Irrigation Project2000Cultural HeritageSichuanYungang Grottoes2001Cultural HeritageDatong
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas2003Natural HeritageYunnanCapital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom2004Cultural HeritageJilin
Historic Centre of Macau2005Cultural HeritageMacauSichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries: Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains2006Natural HeritageSichuan
Yin Xu2006Cultural HeritageAnyangSouth China Karst2007Natural HeritageSouth China
Kaiping Diaolou and Villages2007Cultural HeritageGuangdongFujian Tulou2008Cultural HeritageFujian
Mount Sanqingshan National Park2008Natural HeritageJiangxiWutai Mountain2009Cultural HeritageShanxi
Shaolin Temple2010Cultural HeritageZhengzhouDanxia Landform2010Natural HeritageSouth China
West Lake2011Cultural HeritageZhejiangThe Site of Xanadu2012Cultural HeritageInner Mongolia
Hani Terraced Fields2013Cultural HeritageYunnanThe Grand Canal2014Cultural HeritageBeijing, Hangzhou
Silk Road2014Cultural HeritageGansu, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang    

World Heritage Candidates

Yunju Temple Pagoda and Stone Sutras at FangshanLugou BridgeAnji Bridge
Yongle PalaceNiuheliang SiteLunan Stone Forest
West Lake Liangzhu SiteWater Towns South of the Yangtze River: Zhouzhuang and TongliCopper Mine Remains of Tonglushan
Shennongjia Natural ReserveThe Wooden Tower in Fogong TempleLi River of Guilin
Beihai ParkThe Pagoda in Kaiyuan TempleDule Temple
The Dingcun Old ResidenceThe Daming Palace Site of the Han DynastyThe Ancient City Wall of Xi'an
Yongji Bridge at ChengyangThe site of Chang'an of the Han DynastyStele Forest of Xi'an
Wudalianchi in Heilongjiang Province  

Map of World Heritage Sites in China

Map of World Heritage Sites in ChinaSouth China KarstWulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest AreaChengde Summer PalaceMount Emei Scenic SpotImperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing DynastiesTemple of HeavenThe Great WallXidi VillageHongcun VillageOld Town LijiangHistoric Centre of MacauPotala Palace WolongDazu Rock CarvingMount WuyiMount SanqingshanSuzhou GardenMogao GrottoesTemple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family MansionYungang GrottoesBeijingLongmen GrottoesTerracotta ArmyPeking Man Site at ZhoukoudianSummer PalaceLeshan Giant Buddha Scenic SpotMount TaishanFujian TulouYin XuQingchengshan MountainForbidden CityShenyang Imperial PalaceTemple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family MansionKaiping Diaolou and VillagesHuanglong Scenic and historic Interest AreaJiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest AreaMount HuangshanAncient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains Lushan National ParkPingyao Ancient Town

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