List of World Heritage Sites in China

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This is a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China. China has 50, ranking second in the world. China ratified The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage on 12 December 1985. These sites comprise some of the most essential part of China's valuable and rich tourism resources.


Since joining the International Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985, China has 50 world heritage sites to date; of these 35 are cultural heritage sites, 11 are natural heritage sites, and 4 are cultural and natural (mixed) sites, ranking second in the world. Since 2004, China has made the first large-scale renovations on seven world cultural heritage sites in Beijing – the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Grand Canal, and the "Peking Man" site at Zhoukoudian, all of which were planned for completion before 2008. In addition, China has a rich non-material cultural heritage, with several of them inscribed on UNESCO's list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


Following is a map of the World Heritage Sites in China.

Numbered sites in Beijing: 1. Great Wall of China; 2. Forbidden City; 3. Zhoukoudian; 4. Summer Palace; 5. Temple of Heaven; 6. Ming Dynasty Tombs.

Legend: Red pog.svg World Cultural Heritage Site; Green pog.svg World Natural Heritage Site; Yellow pog.svg World Cultural and Natural Site (mixed)


* = World Cultural Heritage Site
† = World Natural Heritage Site
*† = World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site (Mixed)

In chronological order:

# Image Name Location Date Number Criteria
1 Hall of Supreme Harmony, Forbidden City, Beijing, with tourists 2.jpg Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, including the Forbidden City and Mukden Palace* Beijing (the Forbidden City) and Shenyang, Liaoning (Mukden Palace) 1987, 2004 439 I, II, III, IV
2 Terracotta Army Pit 1 - 2.jpg Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor * Xi'an, Shaanxi 1987 441 I, III, IV, VI
3 Jiucenglou of Mogao Caves.jpg Mogao Caves * Dunhuang, Gansu 1987 440 I, II, III, IV, V, VI
4 泰山 南天门.jpg Mount Tai *† Tai'an, Shandong 1987 437 I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
5 Zhoukoudian Entrance.JPG Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian * Beijing 1987 449 III, VI
6 20090529 Great Wall 8185.jpg The Great Wall* Northern China 1987 438 I, II, III, IV, VI
7 Huangshan-瀑布云 20141109.JPG Mount Huangshan *† Huangshan City, Anhui 1990 547 II, VII, X
8 1 huanglong 2011.jpg Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area † Songpan County, Sichuan 1992 638 VII
9 1 jiuzhaigou valley wu hua hai 2011b.jpg Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area † Jiuzhaigou County, Sichuan 1992 637 VII
10 1 tianzishan wulingyuan zhangjiajie 2012.jpg Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area † Zhangjiajie, Hunan 1992 640 VII
11 Potala Palace, August 2009.jpg Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, including the Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka * Lhasa, Tibet 1994, 2000, 2001 707 I, IV, VI
12 紫霄宮.JPG Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains * Hubei 1994 705 I, II, VI
13 Putuo Zongcheng Temple.jpg Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples in Chengde * Chengde, Hebei 1994 703 II, IV
14 Kong Miao - Dacheng Dian - P1050686.JPG Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu * Qufu, Shandong 1994 704 I, IV, VI
15 Leshan Buddha Statue View.JPG Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area *† Emeishan City (Mt. Emei) and Leshan (Giant Buddha), Sichuan 1996 779 IV, VI, X
16 Mount Lushan - fog.JPG Lushan National Park * Lushan District, Jiangxi 1996 778 II, III, IV, VI
17 Pingyao-muralla-c01-f.jpg Ancient City of Ping Yao * Pingyao County, Shanxi 1997 812 II, III, IV
18 Wangshiyuan.jpg Classical Gardens of Suzhou * Suzhou, Jiangsu 1997, 2000 813 I, II, III, IV, V
19 Roofs of old town Lijiang.jpg Old Town of Lijiang * Lijiang, Yunnan 1997 811 II, IV, V
20 Residence dete828.JPG Summer Palace * Beijing 1998 880 I, II, III
21 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.JPG Temple of Heaven * Beijing 1998 881 I, II, III
22 Dazu.jpg Dazu Rock Carvings * Dazu District, Chongqing 1999 912 I, II, III
23 Peak Yunu.jpg Mount Wuyi *† Northwestern Fujian 1999 911 III, VI, VII, X
24 Hongcun village in China.jpg Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun * Yi County, Anhui 2000 1002 III, IV, V
25 Noel 2005 Pékin tombeaux Ming voie des âmes.jpg Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, including the Ming Dynasty Tombs and the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum * Beijing and Nanjing, Jiangsu 2000, 2003, 2004 1004 III, IV, V
26 DragonGateCave2.jpg Longmen Grottoes * Luoyang, Henan 2000 1003 I, II, III
27 Dujiang Weir.jpg Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System * Dujiangyan City, Sichuan 2000 1001 II, IV, VI
28 Datong Yungang Shiku 2013.08.29 15-20-17.jpg Yungang Grottoes * Datong, Shanxi 2001 1039 I, II, III, IV
29 DSCN1728.JPG Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas Yunnan 2003 1083 VII, VIII, IX, X
30 Kevsunblush2.JPG Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom * Ji'an, Jilin 2004 1135 I, II, III, IV, V
31 Ruinas de Sao Paulo.jpg Historic Centre of Macau * Macau 2005 1110 II, III, IV, VI
32 Yinxu.jpg Yin Xu * Anyang, Henan 2006 1114 II, III, IV, VI
33 Chengdu-pandas-d10.jpg Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries Sichuan 2006 1213 X
34 Rui Shi Lou.jpg Kaiping Diaolou and Villages * Kaiping, Guangdong 2007 1112 II, III, IV
35 Guilin lijiang.jpg South China Karst Yunnan, Guizhou , Chongqing and Guangxi 2007, 2014 1248 VII, VIII
36 Snail pit tulou.jpg Fujian Tulou * Fujian 2008 1113 III, IV, V
37 Sanqingshan1522.jpg Sanqingshan Yushan County, Jiangxi 2008 1292 VII
38 五台山-白塔.JPG Mount Wutai * Wutai County, Shanxi 2009 1279 II, III, IV, VI
39 Shaolinsi.JPG Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” * Dengfeng, Henan 2010 1305 III, VI
40 Danxia 0816.JPG China Danxia Hunan, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, and Guizhou 2010 1335 VII, VIII, IX, X
41 Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon With Leifeng Pagoda.jpg West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou * Hangzhou, Zhejiang 2011 1334 II, III, VI
42 John-Speed-The-Kingdome-of-China-1626-2544.jpg Site of Xanadu * Xilingol, Inner Mongolia 2012 1389 II, III, IV, VI
43 Maotianshania-cylindrica.jpg Chengjiang Fossil Site Chengjiang County, Yunnan 2012 1388 VIII
44 West Tian Shan mountains.jpg Xinjiang Tianshan Xinjiang 2013 1414 VII, IX
45 Terrace field yunnan china edit.jpg Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces * Yuanyang County, Yunnan 2013 1111 III, V
46 Dayanta Gisela-Brantl 01.JPG Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor * Luoyang, Lingbao of Henan; Xi'an, Bin County and Chenggu of Shaanxi; Tianshui, Yongjing, Dunhuang and Anxi of Gansu; Turpan, Jimsar and Kuqa of Xinjiang 2014 1442 II, III, IV, VI
47 Kaiserkanal01.jpg Grand Canal * Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Henan 2014 1443 I, III, IV, VI
48 Tusi Sites * Hunan, Hubei and Guizhou 2015 1474 II, III
49 Rock painting hua mountain 1.jpg Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape * Guangxi 2016 1508 III, VI
50 VM 5331 Muyu town north.jpg Hubei Shennongjia Hubei 2016 1509 IX, X

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