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China’s Hubei Shennongjia added to World Heritage List

Updated: Jul 18,2016 7:14 AM     Xinhua

Photo taken on Oct. 17, 2012 shows the scenery of the wetland of Dajiu Lake in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China’s Hubei province. The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee on July 17 decided to put China’s Hubei Shennongjia on the pretigious World Heritage List as a natural site, bringing to 50 the number of listed Chinese sites. Located in the northwestern mountains of Hubei Province, the Shennongjia Forestry District was established in 1970. As the only well-preserved sub-tropical forest ecosystem in the world’s mid-latitudes, Shennongjia boasts rich natural forest resources with more than 5,000 species of animals and plants. [Photo/Xinhua]

The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Istanbul on July 17 decided to put China’s Hubei Shennongjia on the prestigious World Heritage List as a natural site, bringing to 50 the number of listed Chinese sites.

Shennongjia is considered as a treasure of wildlife renowned with high plant diversity, said a report by the advisory body on China.

“Shennongjia has been a place of significant scientific interest particularly for botanists and the mountains have featured prominently in the history of botanical inquiry,” part of the report was cited at the meeting.

The meeting was, however, drawn its attention to the potential tourism pressure on the site, as a new airport has been built there.

Li Faping, mayor of the Shennongjia Forestry District, while voicing his pleasure at the site’s acceptance into the heritage list by a unanimous consensus, pledged a better conservation just like “caring for our own eyes.”

China’s Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape was placed on the list on July 15 as a cultural site.

The World Heritage Committee, a panel under the UN cultural agency UNESCO, resumed its current session on July 17 following one-day suspension imposed after the outbreak of a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.

Dominating July 17’s meeting is a review of the nominations of the remaining 18 sites to the World Heritage List, as it examined and decided on July 15 to inscribe nine others nominated for this year.

The morning of July 17 saw four new sites placed on the World Heritage List, which are the architectural work of Le Corbusier in Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland, Antigua Naval Dockyard and related archaeological sites in Antigua and Barbuda, Pampulha Modern Ensemble in Brazil, and Khangchendzonga National Park in India.

The World Heritage Committee is set to end its 40th session on the evening of July 17, cutting short its duration by three days.

The panel was formed in 1977 to enforce the World Heritage Convention and manage the heritage list created based on the convention.

Photo taken on July 13, 2015 shows the scenery of the wetland of Dajiu Lake in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China’s Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on May 13, 2012 shows the scenery of the Shennongding scenic spot in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China’s Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Jan. 8, 2016 shows the clouds of the Shennongding scenic spot in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China’s Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Jan. 8, 2016 shows the scenery of the wetland of Dajiu Lake in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China’s Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on Jan. 12, 2016 shows golden monkeys in the Shennongjia Forestry District, central China’s Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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