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World Heritage Sites in China

World heritage sites in China are numerous. Since China became a member of Convention for Protecting the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985, there are 47 sites in China have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. The number of world heritage sites in China is second only to Italian.

The category of world heritage sites in China includes world natural heritage site, world cultural heritage site and world mixed heritage site. The number of world mixed heritage site in China is equal to Australian, and both countries are tied for first place.

At present, more and more tourists to China want to visit the world heritages sites in China. By visiting these world heritage sites, people can know the history and culture of the nation. World heritage site travel now becomes more and more popular and a new fashion in China tour.

World Natural Heritage Sites in China

In China, there are 11 world natural heritage sites. Most of them are the top travel destinations in the China tours. These natural world heritage sites in China are the representatives of China natural resource, and all of them are kept well by local government.

The list of China world natural heritage site:

Chengjiang Fossil Site (2012)

China Danxia (2010)

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)

Mount Sanqingshan National Park (2008)

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains (2006)

South China Karst (2007)

Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (2003)

Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)

Xinjiang Tianshan (2013)

World Cultural Heritage Sites in China

You may say you are interesting in Chinese history and culture. The China world cultural heritage sites may be a good choice for you. All these heritage sites witness the development of Chinese.

The list of world cultural heritage site in China:

Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (1994)

Ancient City of Ping Yao (1997)

Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (2000)

Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (2004)

Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997)

Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (2013)

Dazu Rock Carvings (1999)

Fujian Tulou (2008)

Historic Centre of Macao (2005)

Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (1994)

Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” (2010)

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (1987)

Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (2000)

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (2007)

Longmen Grottoes (2000)

Lushan National Park (1996)

Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (1987)

Mogao Caves (1987)

Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (2000)

Mount Wutai (2009)

Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde (1994)

Old Town of Lijiang (1997)

Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (1987)

Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor (2014)

Site of Xanadu (2012)

Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (1998)

Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (1994)

Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (1998)

The Grand Canal (2014)

The Great Wall (1987)

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (2011)

Yin Xu (2006)

Yungang Grottoes (2001)

World Mixed (Natural and Cultural) Heritage Sites in China

Besides natural heritage site and cultural heritage sites, there is a category that contains the heritage sites which belong to both natural site and cultural site. These site are suitable for people who are interesting in landscape while want to learn the history and culture of China.

The list of World Mixed (Natural and Cultural) Heritage Site in China:

Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (1996)

Mount Huangshan (1990)

Mount Taishan (1987)

Mount Wuyi (1999)

Recommended World Heritage Sites in China for Your China Tour

After reading the list of world heritage in China, you may get a general idea about the situation of China world heritage sites, but you may find it hard to figure out which to visit. In order to help you with this problem, here it is a list recommended to tourists who will have a visit to China and want to see China world heritage sites.


Beijing Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

The Great Wall

Temple of Heaven

Summer Palace

Ming Dynasty Tomb

Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples in Chengde


The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses


Li River (South Karst)

Reed Flutes Cave (South Karst)


West Lake


Tiger Hill (Classic Garden of Suzhou)

The Humble Administrator's Garden (Classic Garden of Suzhou)

Master-of-Nets Garden (Classic Garden of Suzhou)


Pingyao Ancient City


Yungang Grottoes


Shaolin Temple (The Centre of Heaven and Earth)


Mount Huangshan

Xidi Village and Hongcun Village

Silk Road

Dunhuang Mogao Caves

Xinjiang Tianshan


Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Mount Qingcheng

Mount Emei


Huanglong Valley

Songpan County

Jiuzhaigou Valley


Dazu Caves


Potala Palace


Old Town of Lijiang

Lunan Stone Forest (South Karst)

All sites mentioned above are top recommended world heritage sites in China for China tour. If you want to take a China world heritage tour, these sites are the ones you should not miss.

World heritage sites are the wealth of human. Everyone in the world should protect it. As a treasure of China, world heritage sites in China are under protection of Chinese government and Chinese government has taken action to repair them so that people can see the original image of these sites. If you are interesting in world heritage sites, you should miss the ones in China. World heritage sites in China will impress you!