World Heritage Sites in China

China is duly proud of its rich cultural and natural heritage and its role in the universal legacy of mankind. China is among the leading nations in the world with landmarks listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its 52 sites include the Forbidden City and Great Wall, temples, ancient cities, fossil finds, panda sanctuaries and segments of the Old Silk Road. This series will take a closer look at this heritage that the world wants to cherish and protect.
China is duly proud of its rich cultural and natural heritage and its role in the universal legacy of mankind. China is among the leading nations in the world with landmarks listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its 52 sites include the Forbidden City and Great Wall, temples, ancient cities, fossil finds, panda sanctuaries and segments of the Old Silk Road. This series will take a closer look at this heritage that the world wants to cherish and protect.
Atop stone pillar, Buddhist temples reach for the sky - Travel in China
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Atop stone pillar, Buddhist temples reach for the sky

Mount Fanjing, or Fanjingshan, in the southwestern province of Guizhou gives new meaning to the words "extraordinary landform."
The unparalleled beauty of the Three Parallel Rivers region - Travel in China
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The unparalleled beauty of the Three Parallel Rivers region

In the southwestern province of Yunnan, three great rivers originating from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau run parallel for about 300 kilometers in separate valleys but never intersect.
Old fortresses, curious abodes of an iconic culture - Travel in China
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Old fortresses, curious abodes of an iconic culture

Ancient fortresses called tulou preserve communal life in a curious piece of cultural heritage that attracts many visitors.

Visitors often hunt for the mythical mountain ape-men - Travel in China
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Visitors often hunt for the mythical mountain ape-men

A forest and mountain heritage district in Hubei Province retains a magical landscape where myths of old may or may not be true.
Tibetan Buddhist temples highlight sacred mountain - Travel in China
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Tibetan Buddhist temples highlight sacred mountain

A sacred mountain in north China's Shanxi Province hosts stately temples as old as 2,000 years. It is a holy shrine, especially for Tibetan Buddhists.
Immortalizing those who shaped Chinese history - Travel in China
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Immortalizing those who shaped Chinese history

Purple Mountain in Nanjing holds imperial tombs, temples and an elegant palace. Set amid natural beauty, this UNESCO heritage site is both solemn and inspiring.
Towers sheltered locals from the perils of life - Travel in China
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Towers sheltered locals from the perils of life

To fend off bandits and survive floods, residents in one area of southern China built fortresses. Today, those structures are a popular sightseeing attraction.
Holy mountains beckon visitor imagination - Travel in China
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Holy mountains beckon visitor imagination

Taoism flourished in the Wudang Mountains, and its legacy lives on in ancient temples that earned the area a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list. 
Stone Forest amazes visitors, inspires old legends - Travel in China
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Stone Forest amazes visitors, inspires old legends

The grotesque formations of Shilin, or Stone Forest, in Yunnan Province, are fascinating enough to prompt a return visit.
Statue of Buddha doing a V-sign invitation to all - Travel in China
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Statue of Buddha doing a V-sign invitation to all

Whatever you may think you may know about the ancient Longmen Grottoes in Henan Province, it's certain it can be no substitute for experiencing the real thing in person.
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