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China ranks first on World Heritage List with inclusion of Liangzhu and Migratory Bird Habitat

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The World Heritage Committee inscribed China's Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City and the Yellow Sea Migratory Bird Habitat (Phase I) onto the UNESCO World Heritage List at its 43rd session in Baku, Azerbaijan. This brings the total number of World Heritage Sites in China to 55, the highest number in the world.

The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City is located in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province. The new World Heritage site consists of a heritage zone covering14.3 square kilometres surrounded by a buffer zone of 99.8 square kilometres. The heritage elements include city ruins dating back to between3300 and2300 BC, as well as 11 early-stage dams and high-level cemetery sites with altars from the same period.

The World Heritage Committee believes that the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City represent the achievement of prehistoric rice farming in China more than 5,000 years ago. The site is also considered an outstanding representation of ancient urban civilizations. Liangzhu reveals the development of rice farming in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River during the Neolithic Age, and meets the principles of authenticity and integrity required to become a World Heritage site.

The Yellow Sea Migratory Bird Habitat (Phase I) is located in Yancheng in Eastern China's Jiangsu province. It is mainly comprised of intertidal mudflats and other coastal wetlands. This site is a critical hub on the East Asian–Australian Flyway,and millions of migratory birds stop over, moult and winter here every year. The region provides habitats for 23 birdspecies of international importance and supports the survival of 17 threatened species on the IUCN Red List, including one critically endangered species, five endangered species and five vulnerable species. 

 

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