UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China

Suzhou Classical Gardens, photo by scadam526 on Flickr

UNESCO World Heritage titles are a recognition that a site or a monument is worthy of being preserved and visited for year to come, because it plays an extraordinary role in people’s cultural and natural treasures. China has many places that are inscribed on the UNESCO list, and many that are tentative heritage sites. Whenever you know that the place you are visiting is a UNESCO World Heritage Site you can be certain that it is worth the time and energy that you spend on it. China’s heritage sites come in many shapes and guides, from cultural to natural spots, what whay they have in common is that they are all worth seeing. Here are some UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China that you should definitely check out.

Mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor, Xi’an

The Mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor, better knows as the Terracotta Army, is one of the most visited and most famous sights in China. But although the endless numbers of terracotta warrior statues are known worldwide, it is a lesser known fact that the site is a mausoleum dedicated to Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The purpose of the terracotta statues was to be the army of the emperor in his afterlife, and to protect him form his enemies even beyond the grave.

Taishan, Shandong Province

Taishan, photo by LHOON on Flickr

Mout Tai is one of China’s five sacred mountains, and it has extraordinary cultural, religious and natural importance. This is the most important of the five mountains, and it is associated with sunrise and renewal. For three thousand years, the mountain was a place of worship, and even today there are several temples and shrines scattered over the mountain. Whether you’re interested in hiking or religious sites, Taishan is a great destination.

Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area, Sichuan Province

One of the most fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China is the Leshan Giant Buddha and the area surrounding it. The huge Buddha statue was carved into a rock face, and it was created during the Tang Dynasty, over a thousand years ago. The statue is located at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers, and it was built in the 8th century by a monk who hoped that this would calm the turbulent waters so people could sail safely.

Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

Leshan Buddha, photo by Bernt Rostad on Flickr

If you want to see a living encyclopaedia on the science of Chinese garden landscaping, all you need to do is visit the Classical Gardens in Suzhou regions. These gardens are over a thousand years old, and they have standardized some of the most important features of Chinese gardening. The landscapes of the gardens have been carefully constructed according to strict principles, and they are strewn with pagodas, ponds, bridges and pavilions.

 

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