China ratified the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1985, becoming a contracting party. On October 29, 1999 China became a member state of the World Heritage Committee. In 1986, China began to identify and nominate sites on its national territory to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. So far, the number of its sites on the List has reached 35.
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- Definition of Cultural Heritage
- Definition of Natural Heritage
- Criteria for Inclusion
- Regulations Concerning the Management and Protection of Underwater Cultural Relics

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World Heritage List Category Date
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries -- Wolong, Mt. Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains Natural 2006
Yin Ruins Cultural 2006
The Historic Center of Macao Cultural 2005
The Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom Cultural 2004
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Natural 2003
Yungang Grottoes in Datong, Shanxi Province Cultural 2001
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties Cultural 2000 2003 2004
Longmen Grottoes Cultural 2000
Xidi and Hongcun Villages, Museums of Ming-Qing Architecture in Southern Anhui Cultural 2000
Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System Cultural 2000
Dazu Rock Carvings Cultural 1999
Mount Wuyi Natural & Cultural 1999
The Temple of Heaven Cultural 1998
The Summer Palace Cultural 1998
The Ancient Town of Lijiang Cultural 1997
Classic Gardens in Suzhou Cultural 1997
The Old Town of Pingyao Cultural 1997
Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha Natural & Cultural 1996
Mount Lushan Cultural 1996
Taoist Buildings on Mount Wudang Cultural 1994
The Confucian Temple, Cemetery and Family Mansion in Qufu Cultural 1994
The Potala Palace Cultural 1994 2000 2001
Mountain Resort and Outlying Temples, Chengde Cultural 1994
Wulingyuan Scenic Area Natural 1992
Scenic Wonders of Huanglong Scenic Area Natural 1992
Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area Natural 1992
Mount Huangshan Natural & Cultural 1990
Mount Taishan Natural & Cultural 1987
The Mausoleum of the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty and Terracotta Warriors and Horses Cultural 1987
The Mogao Grottoes Cultural 1987
Zhoukoudian, Home of Peking Man Cultural 1987
Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang Cultural 1987 2004
The Great Wall Cultural 1987