List of World Heritage Sites in Eastern Asia

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The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated 73 World Heritage Sites in 5 countries (also called "state parties") of Eastern Asia: China, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Japan.[1][2]

In this region, China is home to the most inscribed sites with 47 sites.[3] The first sites from the region (and only sites designated in the 1980s or before) were the Great Wall of China, Mount Tai, the Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Mogao Caves and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and all of them were in China.[4] Each year, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee may inscribe new sites on the list, or delist sites that that no longer meet the criteria. Selection is based on ten criteria: six for cultural heritage (i–vi) and four for natural heritage (vii–x).[5] Some sites, designated "mixed sites," represent both cultural and natural heritage. In Eastern Asia, there are 53 cultural, 14 natural, and four mixed sites.[3]

The World Heritage Committee may also specify that a site is endangered, citing "conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List." In this region there are no sites currently listed as endangered, nor have been listed previously. Possible danger listing has been considered by UNESCO in a number of other cases.[6]

Legend[edit]

The table is sortable by column by clicking on the Sort both.gif at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the Site, Area, and Year columns; by state party for the Location column; and by criteria type for the Criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.

Site; named after the World Heritage Committee's official designation[3]
Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee[5]
Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. A value of zero implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable

Inscribed sites[edit]

  * Trans-border site
Site Image Location Criteria Area
ha (acre)
Year Description Refs
Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains A complex of interconnected traditional houses with tile roofs and red walls. Danjiangkou, Hubei,  China
32°28′0″N 111°0′0″E / 32.46667°N 111.00000°E / 32.46667; 111.00000 (Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(vi)
1994 [7]
Ancient City of Ping Yao A street lined by traditional houses with red lampions leading to a multi-storied gate. Pingyao County, Shanxi,  China
37°12′5″N 112°9′16″E / 37.20139°N 112.15444°E / 37.20139; 112.15444 (Ancient City of Ping Yao)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)
1997 [8]
Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun Small street lined by white houses with tile roofs. Huangshan City, Yi County, Anhui,  China
29°54′16″N 117°59′15″E / 29.90444°N 117.98750°E / 29.90444; 117.98750 (Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun)
Cultural:
(iii)(iv)(v)
700152000000000000052 (130); buffer zone 730 (1,800) 2000 [9]
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area A two-storied wooden gate and a pagoda in the background. Nara Prefecture,  Japan
34°37′0″N 135°44′0″E / 34.61667°N 135.73333°E / 34.61667; 135.73333 (Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iv)(vi)
700115000000000000015 (37); buffer zone 571 (1,410) 1993 [10]
Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom Ruins of a low step-pyramid like structure. Huanren Manchu Autonomous County, Liaoning and Ji'an, Jilin,  China
41°9′25″N 126°11′14″E / 41.15694°N 126.18722°E / 41.15694; 126.18722 (Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)
70034165000000000004,165 (10,290); buffer zone 14,142 (34,950) 2004 [11]
Changdeokgung Palace Complex Two storied traditional building with tile roof and walls decorated in red, green and yellow. Seoul,  South Korea
37°34′46″N 126°59′28″E / 37.57944°N 126.99111°E / 37.57944; 126.99111 (Changdeokgung Palace Complex)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)
1997 [12]
Chengjiang Fossil Site
Haikouella lanceolata (Primitif chardate – ancestral vertebrate).
Yunnan,  China
28°25′19″N 106°2′33″E / 28.42194°N 106.04250°E / 28.42194; 106.04250 (Chengjiang Fossil Site)
Natural:
(viii)
7002512000000000000512 (1,270); buffer zone 220 (540) 2012 [13]
China Danxia Various regions of China,  China
28°25′19″N 106°2′33″E / 28.42194°N 106.04250°E / 28.42194; 106.04250 (China Danxia)
Natural:
(vii)(viii)
700482151000000000082,151 (203,000); buffer zone 218,357 (539,570) 2010 [14]
Classical Gardens of Suzhou Chinese style pavilion near a pond with lotuses. Suzhou, Jiangsu,  China
31°19′0″N 120°27′0″E / 31.31667°N 120.45000°E / 31.31667; 120.45000 (Classical Gardens of Suzhou)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)
700112000000000000012 (30); buffer zone 27 (67) 1997[nb 1] [15]
Complex of Koguryo Tombs Mural of men on horses with bows and arrows shooting deer. Pyongyang and Nampho,  North Korea
38°51′47″N 125°24′54″E / 38.86306°N 125.41500°E / 38.86306; 125.41500 (Complex of Koguryo Tombs)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
7002233000000000000233 (580); buffer zone 1,701 (4,200) 2004 [16]
Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Rice Terraces in southern China. Yuanyang County, Yunnan,  China
23°5′35.8″N 102°46′47.93″E / 23.093278°N 102.7799806°E / 23.093278; 102.7799806 (Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces)
Cultural:
(iii)(v)
700416603000000000016,603 (41,030); buffer zone 29,501 (72,900) 2013 [17]
Dazu Rock Carvings Stone sculptures of people interacting with each other and in the background a row of much larger seated buddha sculptures. Chongqing,  China
29°42′4″N 105°42′18″E / 29.70111°N 105.70500°E / 29.70111; 105.70500 (Dazu Rock Carvings)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)
700120000000000000020 (49); buffer zone 211 (520) 1999 [18]
Fujian Tulou A number of circular buildings with an interior courtyard. There are only few and small windows to the outside and balconies on the inner courtyard side. Fujian,  China
25°1′23″N 117°41′9″E / 25.02306°N 117.68583°E / 25.02306; 117.68583 (Fujian Tulou)
Cultural:
(iii)(iv)(v)
7002153000000000000153 (380); buffer zone 935 (2,310) 2008 [19]
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration Mount Fuji from Oshino-Hakkai Chūbu region,  Japan
35°21′39″N 138°43′39″E / 35.36083°N 138.72750°E / 35.36083; 138.72750 (Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration)
Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
700420702000000000020,702 (51,160); buffer zone 49,628 (122,630) 2013 [20]
Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites A tall dolmen consisting of two standing stones carrying one horizontal stone on top. Gochang, Jeollabuk-do; Hwasun, Jeollanam-do and Ganghwa, Incheon,  South Korea
34°58′0″N 126°55′45″E / 34.96667°N 126.92917°E / 34.96667; 126.92917 (Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites)
Cultural:
(iii)
700152000000000000052 (130); buffer zone 315 (780) 2000 [21]
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu Complex of traditional houses with red tile roofs and a grey wall. Okinawa Prefecture,  Japan
26°12′31″N 127°40′58″E / 26.20861°N 127.68278°E / 26.20861; 127.68278 (Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(vi)
700155000000000000055 (140); buffer zone 560 (1,400) 2000 [22]
Gyeongju Historic Areas Several grass covered mounds. Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do,  South Korea
35°47′20″N 129°13′36″E / 35.78889°N 129.22667°E / 35.78889; 129.22667 (Gyeongju Historic Areas)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)
70032880000000000002,880 (7,100); buffer zone 350 (860) 2000 [23]
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks A very long bookshelf with identically looking books in a corridor. Hapcheon, Gyeongsangnam-do,  South Korea
35°48′0″N 128°6′0″E / 35.80000°N 128.10000°E / 35.80000; 128.10000 (Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks)
Cultural:
(iv)(vi)
1995 [24]
Himeji-jo A multistoried white castle donjon with several small towers and a main tower on a platform of stone. Hyōgo Prefecture,  Japan
34°50′0″N 134°42′0″E / 34.83333°N 134.70000°E / 34.83333; 134.70000 (Himeji-jo)
Cultural:
(i)(iv)
7002107000000000000107 (260); buffer zone 143 (350) 1993 [25]
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land Small rocks in a lake. Iwate Prefecture,  Japan
34°37′0″N 135°44′0″E / 34.61667°N 135.73333°E / 34.61667; 135.73333 (Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land)
Cultural:
(ii)(vi)
7002176000000000000176 (430); buffer zone 6,008 (14,850) 2011 [26]
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) Ruins of a building with a dome. Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture,  Japan
34°23′0″N 132°27′0″E / 34.38333°N 132.45000°E / 34.38333; 132.45000 (Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome))
Cultural:
(vi)
69994000000000000000.40 (0.99); buffer zone 43 (110) 1996 [27]
Historic Centre of Macao Facade of a church. The rest of the building does not exist. Macau,  China
22°11′29″N 113°32′11″E / 22.19139°N 113.53639°E / 22.19139; 113.53639 (Historic Centre of Macao)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
700116000000000000016 (40); buffer zone 107 (260) 2005 [28]
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa A large red and white building complex built on a rocky hill. Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region,  China
29°39′28.5″N 91°7′2″E / 29.657917°N 91.11722°E / 29.657917; 91.11722 (Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa)
Cultural:
(i)(iv)(vi)
700161000000000000061 (150); buffer zone 199 (490) 1994[nb 2] [29]
[30]
[31]
Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong The old city gate in the center of Kaesong. Kaesong,  North Korea
37°58′54″N 126°30′29″E / 37.98167°N 126.50806°E / 37.98167; 126.50806 (Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)
7002494000000000000494 (1,220); buffer zone 5,222 (12,900) 2013 [32]
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) A three storied pavilion. The lower story is in wood and white color, the two upper stories golden. Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures,  Japan
34°58′50″N 135°46′10″E / 34.98056°N 135.76944°E / 34.98056; 135.76944 (Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities))
Cultural:
(ii)(iv)
70031056000000000001,056 (2,610); buffer zone 3,579 (8,840) 1994 [33]
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara A large building with wooden beams and white walls. Nara, Nara Prefecture,  Japan
34°40′32″N 135°50′22″E / 34.67556°N 135.83944°E / 34.67556; 135.83944 (Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
7002617000000000000617 (1,520); buffer zone 2,502 (6,180) 1998 [34]
Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” A red building with a tile roof. Henan,  China
34°27′31.5″N 113°4′3.8″E / 34.458750°N 113.067722°E / 34.458750; 113.067722 (Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”)
Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
7002825000000000000825 (2,040); buffer zone 3,438 (8,500) 2010 [35]
Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong Overview of a village with traditional houses. Andong and Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do,  South Korea
36°32′21″N 128°31′0″E / 36.53917°N 128.51667°E / 36.53917; 128.51667 (Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong)
Cultural:
(iii)(iv)
7002600000000000000600 (1,500); buffer zone 885 (2,190) 2010 [36]
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama A village with wooden houses with steep roofs. Gifu and Toyama Prefectures,  Japan
36°24′0″N 136°53′0″E / 36.40000°N 136.88333°E / 36.40000; 136.88333 (Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama)
Cultural:
(iv)(v)
700168000000000000068 (170); buffer zone 58,873 (145,480) 1995 [37]
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area Turquoise colored limestone ponds. Songpan County, Sichuan,  China
32°45′15″N 103°49′20″E / 32.75417°N 103.82222°E / 32.75417; 103.82222 (Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area)
Natural:
(vii)
700460000000000000060,000 (150,000) 1992 [38]
Hwaseong Fortress Wall, tower and roofs of one larger building of a fortress. Suwon, Gyeonggi-do,  South Korea
37°16′20″N 127°0′30″E / 37.27222°N 127.00833°E / 37.27222; 127.00833 (Hwaseong Fortress)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)
1997 [39]
Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang A large building with red roof on the top of a white staircase. Beijing and Shenyang,  China
41°47′39″N 123°26′49″E / 41.79417°N 123.44694°E / 41.79417; 123.44694 (Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
700113000000000000013 (32); buffer zone 153 (380) 1987[nb 3] [40]
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties Gate at the Ming Dynasty Tombs in Beijing. Nanjing, Jiangsu; Changping District, Beijing; Liaoning; Hubei,  China Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
70033435000000000003,435 (8,490); buffer zone 23,429 (57,890) 2000[nb 4] [41]
[42]
[43]
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Red and white wooden buildings over water and a large wooden gate in the water. Itsukushima, Hiroshima Prefecture,  Japan
34°17′39.9″N 132°19′28.7″E / 34.294417°N 132.324639°E / 34.294417; 132.324639 (Itsukushima Shinto Shrine)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iv)(vi)
7002431000000000000431 (1,070); buffer zone 2,634 (6,510) 1996 [44]
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape Ruins of terraces built on a hillside. Ōda, Shimane Prefecture,  Japan
35°6′46″N 132°26′6″E / 35.11278°N 132.43500°E / 35.11278; 132.43500 (Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(v)
7002529000000000000529 (1,310); buffer zone 3,134 (7,740) 2007[nb 5] [45]
[46]
Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes View into an inactive volcanic crater with a small like. Jeju-do,  South Korea
33°28′8″N 126°43′13″E / 33.46889°N 126.72028°E / 33.46889; 126.72028 (Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes)
Natural:
(vii)(viii)
70039475000000000009,475 (23,410); buffer zone 9,371 (23,160) 2007 [47]
Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Mountain valley with a green, blue and turquoise colored river.
Jiuzhaigou County, Sichuan,  China
33°5′0″N 103°55′0″E / 33.08333°N 103.91667°E / 33.08333; 103.91667 (Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area)
Natural:
(vii)
700472000000000000072,000 (180,000) 1992 [48]
Jongmyo Shrine Very wide and narrow building with a prominent roof and red columns. Seoul,  South Korea
37°33′0″N 126°59′0″E / 37.55000°N 126.98333°E / 37.55000; 126.98333 (Jongmyo Shrine)
Cultural:
(iv)
700119000000000000019 (47) 1995 [49]
Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
A multi-storied tower like house with white walls.
Guangdong,  China
29°54′16″N 117°59′15″E / 29.90444°N 117.98750°E / 29.90444; 117.98750 (Kaiping Diaolou and Villages)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)
7002372000000000000372 (920); buffer zone 2,738 (6,770) 2007 [50]
Longmen Grottoes Carved Buddhist deities in a rock face. Luoyang, Henan,  China
34°28′0″N 112°28′0″E / 34.46667°N 112.46667°E / 34.46667; 112.46667 (Longmen Grottoes)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)
7002331000000000000331 (820); buffer zone 1,042 (2,570) 2000 [51]
Lushan National Park A long stone bridge crossing a lake. Jiujiang, Jiangxi,  China
29°26′0″N 115°52′0″E / 29.43333°N 115.86667°E / 29.43333; 115.86667 (Lushan National Park)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
1996 [52]
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor A large number of lined up human sculptures in a pit. Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi,  China
34°23′0″N 109°6′0″E / 34.38333°N 109.10000°E / 34.38333; 109.10000 (Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor)
Cultural:
(i)(iii)(iv)(vi)
1987 [53]
Mogao Caves Mural in 9th century showing bandit attack Dunhuang, Gansu,  China
40°8′0″N 94°49′0″E / 40.13333°N 94.81667°E / 40.13333; 94.81667 (Mogao Caves)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)
1987 [54]
Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde Several pavilions near a lotus pond. Chengde, Hebei,  China
40°59′13″N 117°56′18″E / 40.98694°N 117.93833°E / 40.98694; 117.93833 (Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde)
Cultural:
(ii)(iv)
1994 [55]
Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area A giant seated buddha cut from a rock face. Emeishan City, Sichuan,  China
29°32′42″N 103°46′10″E / 29.54500°N 103.76944°E / 29.54500; 103.76944 (Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area)
Mixed:
(iv)(vi)(x)
700415400000000000015,400 (38,000) 1996 [56]
Mount Huangshan Rocky mountain landscape with pine trees. Anhui,  China
30°10′N 118°11′E / 30.167°N 118.183°E / 30.167; 118.183 (Mount Huangshan)
Mixed:
(ii)(vii)(x)
700415400000000000015,400 (38,000) 1990 [57]
Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System A dark Chinese-style temple. Dujiangyan City, Sichuan,  China
29°42′4″N 105°42′18″E / 29.70111°N 105.70500°E / 29.70111; 105.70500 (Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System)
Cultural:
(ii)(iv)(vi)
2000 [58]
Mount Sanqingshan National Park Rock pinnacles in the fog. Jiangxi,  China
28°54′57″N 118°3′52″E / 28.91583°N 118.06444°E / 28.91583; 118.06444 (Mount Sanqingshan National Park)
Natural:
(vii)
700422950000000000022,950 (56,700); buffer zone 16,850 (41,600) 2008 [59]
Mount Taishan Red two-storied building in a rocky mountain landscape. Tai'an and Jinan, Shandong,  China
36°16′N 117°6′E / 36.267°N 117.100°E / 36.267; 117.100 (Mount Taishan)
Mixed:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)(vii)
700425000000000000025,000 (62,000) 1987 [60]
Mount Wutai A temple in the mountains with a white stupa in the background Shanxi,  China
39°1′50″N 113°33′48″E / 39.03056°N 113.56333°E / 39.03056; 113.56333 (Mount Wutai)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
700418415000000000018,415 (45,500); buffer zone 42,312 (104,560) 2009 [61]
Mount Wuyi A river lined by dense vegetation and steep rocks. Wuyishan City, Fujian,  China
27°43′N 117°41′E / 27.717°N 117.683°E / 27.717; 117.683 (Mount Wuyi)
Mixed:
(iii)(vi)(vii)(x)
700499975000000000099,975 (247,040); buffer zone 27,888 (68,910) 1999 [62]
Ogasawara Islands Sea, beach and rocks. Ogasawara Subprefecture,  Japan
27°43′6″N 142°5′59″E / 27.71833°N 142.09972°E / 27.71833; 142.09972 (Ogasawara Islands)
Natural:
(ix)
70037939000000000007,939 (19,620) 2011 [63]
Old Town of Lijiang A small stone bridge across a small channel. On the opposite site there is a two storied red building with a three storied gate tower. Lijiang, Yunnan,  China
26°52′0″N 100°14′0″E / 26.86667°N 100.23333°E / 26.86667; 100.23333 (Old Town of Lijiang)
Cultural:
(ii)(iv)(v)
1997 [64]
Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape River running through a desert landscape. There are some trees near the river. Orkhon Province,  Mongolia
47°33′N 102°50′E / 47.550°N 102.833°E / 47.550; 102.833 (Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)
7005121976000000000121,976 (301,410); buffer zone 61,044 (150,840) 2004 [65]
Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian Narrow rocky gorge. A plaque with Chinese text is attached to the rock. Fangshan District, Beijing,  China
39°44′0″N 115°55′0″E / 39.73333°N 115.91667°E / 39.73333; 115.91667 (Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian)
Cultural:
(iii)(vi)
1987 [66]
Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai  Mongolia
49°20′N 88°24′E / 49.333°N 88.400°E / 49.333; 88.400 (Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai)
Cultural:
(iii)
700411300000000000011,300 (28,000); buffer zone 10,700 (26,000) 2011 [67]
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty A stone sculpture of a horse and a man, a stone column and a grass covered mound surrounded by a carved stone fence.  South Korea
37°11′50″N 128°27′10″E / 37.19722°N 128.45278°E / 37.19722; 128.45278 (Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty)
Cultural:
(iii)(iv)(vi)
70031891000000000001,891 (4,670); buffer zone 4,660 (11,500) 2009 [68]
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
A small gate and stairs through a forest.
Mie, Nara and Wakayama Prefectures,  Japan
33°50′13″N 135°46′35″E / 33.83694°N 135.77639°E / 33.83694; 135.77639 (Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
7002495000000000000495 (1,220); buffer zone 1,137 (2,810) 2004 [69]
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
Figure of a seated buddha.
Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do,  South Korea
35°47′0″N 129°21′0″E / 35.78333°N 129.35000°E / 35.78333; 129.35000 (Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple)
Cultural:
(i)(iv)
1995 [70]
Shirakami-Sanchi A forested mountain landscape. Ajigasawa and Fukaura, Nishitsugaru District, Aomori Prefecture; Fujisato, Yamamoto District, Akita Prefecture,  Japan
40°28′12″N 140°7′48″E / 40.47000°N 140.13000°E / 40.47000; 140.13000 (Shirakami-Sanchi)
Natural:
(ix)
700416939000000000016,939 (41,860) 1993 [71]
Shiretoko Mountains reflected in a lake. Hokkaido Prefecture,  Japan
43°56′58″N 144°57′57″E / 43.94944°N 144.96583°E / 43.94944; 144.96583 (Shiretoko National Park)
Natural:
(ix)(x)
700471100000000000071,100 (176,000) 2005 [72]
Shrines and Temples of Nikko Several traditional buildings including a gate. Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture,  Japan
36°44′51″N 139°36′38″E / 36.74750°N 139.61056°E / 36.74750; 139.61056 (Shrines and Temples of Nikko)
Cultural:
(i)(iv)(vi)
700151000000000000051 (130); buffer zone 373 (920) 1999 [73]
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries Three giant panda on grass. Sichuan,  China
30°50′0″N 103°0′0″E / 30.83333°N 103.00000°E / 30.83333; 103.00000 (Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries)
Natural:
(x)
7005924500000000000924,500 (2,284,000); buffer zone 527,100 (1,302,000) 2006 [74]
Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor Dayanta Gisela-Brantl 01.JPG 22 sites in  China: Luoyang, Lingbao and Xin'an of Henan Province; Xi'an, Bin County and Chenggu of Shaanxi Province; Tianshui, Yongjing, Dunhuang and Anxi of Gansu Province; Turpan, Jimsar and Kuqa of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. 8 sites in  Kazakhstan: Almaty Province and Jambyl Province. 3 sites in  Kyrgyzstan: Chuy Province Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
700442668160000000042,668.16 (105,435.3); buffer zone 7005189963130000000189,963.13 (469,409.1) 2014 [75]
Site of Xanadu The Kingdome of China", one of the first English-language maps of China with a geographically incorrect placing of Xandu. Inner Mongolia,  China
30°50′0″N 103°0′0″E / 30.83333°N 103.00000°E / 30.83333; 103.00000 (Site of Xanadu)
Cultural:
(ii) (iii) (iv) (vi)
700425131000000000025,131 (62,100); buffer zone 150,722 (372,440) 2012 [76]
South China Karst Grey rock pillars. Guangxi, Guizhou and Yunnan,  China
25°13′15″N 107°58′30″E / 25.22083°N 107.97500°E / 25.22083; 107.97500 (South China Karst)
Natural:
(vii)(viii)
700447588000000000047,588 (117,590); buffer zone 98,428 (243,220) 2007 [77]
Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing Hall for Dispelling the Clouds. Beijing,  China
39°54′38″N 116°8′28″E / 39.91056°N 116.14111°E / 39.91056; 116.14111 (Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)
1998 [78]
Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
Small Chinese pavilion on a platform.
Qufu, Shandong,  China
35°36′42″N 116°58′30″E / 35.61167°N 116.97500°E / 35.61167; 116.97500 (Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu)
Cultural:
(i)(iv)(vi)
1994 [79]
Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing A multi-level circular building at the top of white staircases. Beijing,  China
39°50′44″N 116°26′41″E / 39.84556°N 116.44472°E / 39.84556; 116.44472 (Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)
1998 [80]
The Great Wall A high defensive wall with watch towers running through a mountain landscape. Various regions of China,  China
40°25′N 116°5′E / 40.417°N 116.083°E / 40.417; 116.083 (The Great Wall)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
1987 [81]
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas River running through a gorge in a desert mountain landscape. Yunnan,  China
27°53′42″N 98°24′23″E / 27.89500°N 98.40639°E / 27.89500; 98.40639 (Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas)
Natural:
(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
2003[nb 6] [82]
[83]
Uvs Nuur Basin Uvs, Zavkhan and Khövsgöl Provinces  Mongolia*; Mongun-Tayginsky, Ovyursky, Tes-Khemsky and Erzinsky Districts, Tuva Republic,  Russia*
50°16′30″N 92°43′1″E / 50.27500°N 92.71694°E / 50.27500; 92.71694 (Uvs Nuur Basin))
Natural:
(ix)(x)
7005898064000000000898,064 (2,219,160); buffer zone 170,790 (422,000) 2003 [84]
West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou A lake with a bridge and a pagoda on the lakeside. Hangzhou, Zhejiang,  China
30°14′15″N 120°8′27″E / 30.23750°N 120.14083°E / 30.23750; 120.14083 (West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(vi)
70033323000000000003,323 (8,210); buffer zone 7,270 (18,000) 2011 [85]
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area Mountain landscape with rock pillars. Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie, Hunan,  China
29°20′0″N 110°30′0″E / 29.33333°N 110.50000°E / 29.33333; 110.50000 (Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area)
Natural:
(vii)
700426400000000000026,400 (65,000) 1992 [86]
Xinjiang Tianshan Flying over the Tian Shan mountains. Xinjiang,  China
41°58′6″N 80°21′15″E / 41.96833°N 80.35417°E / 41.96833; 80.35417 (Xinjiang Tianshan)
Natural:
(vii)(ix)
7005606833000000000606,833 (1,499,520) 2013 [87]
Yakushima An old tree with thick whitish stem in a densely vegetated forest. Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture,  Japan
30°20′0″N 130°32′0″E / 30.33333°N 130.53333°E / 30.33333; 130.53333 (Yakushima)
Natural:
(vii)(ix)
700410747000000000010,747 (26,560) 1993 [88]
Yin Xu Archaeological excavation of a pit. Henan,  China
36°7′36″N 114°18′50″E / 36.12667°N 114.31389°E / 36.12667; 114.31389 (Yin Xu)
Cultural:
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
7002414000000000000414 (1,020); buffer zone 720 (1,800) 2006 [89]
Yungang Grottoes Buddhist deities of various sizes carved from rock and painted in many colors. Datong, Shanxi,  China
40°6′35″N 113°7′20″E / 40.10972°N 113.12222°E / 40.10972; 113.12222 (Yungang Grottoes)
Cultural:
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
7002349000000000000349 (860); buffer zone 847 (2,090) 2001 [90]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Extended in 2000 to include the Great Wave Pavilion, the Lion Grove Garden, the Garden of Cultivation, the Couple's Retreat Garden, and the Retreat & Reflection Garden.
  2. ^ Extended in 2000 to include the Jokhang Temple and in 2001 to include the Norbulingka area. Accordingly the name of the site changed from Potala Palace at time of first inscription over Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple Monastery in 2000 to the present name in 2001.
  3. ^ Extended in 2004 to include the Mukden Palace and name change from Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties to the present name.
  4. ^ Extended in 2003 to include the Ming Dynasty Tombs, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum and the tombs of Chang Yuchun, Qiu Cheng, Wu Liang, Wu Zhen, Xu Da and Li Wenzhong; and in 2004 to include the Liaoning Tombs (Yongling, Fuling and Zhaoling).
  5. ^ Minor modification of boundaries in 2010.
  6. ^ Minor modification in 2010.

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