World Heritage Sites – China

     China has been, until fairly recently, a mysterious and unknown country to Westerners, since it has, for much of its history, avoided or minimized contact with other than its immediate neighbors. However, it has emerged onto the world stage and people are certainly curious about its vibrant culture and its significant contributions to mankind. Its history dates back over 2000 years and is rich with accomplishments and important events. It is also a large country with numerous significant natural places which are being explored more and more by modern travelers. Check my list of the major World Heritage Sites recognized in this incredible country and sees the photos of these marvels below.
       1. The Great Wall (1987)
         Great Wall of China   Another view of the Great Wall of China   Another view of the Great Wall of China
       2. Imperial Palaces of the Ming Dynasty, Beijing (1987)
             Forbidden City, Beijing   Inside the Forbidden City, Beijing
       3. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Xi’an (1987)
          Terra Cotta Warriors      Another section of the Terra Cotta Warriors
       4. Mountain Resort & Outlying Temples, Chengde (1994)
          Chengde Mountain Resort & Temple Complex
       5. Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet (1994)
          Potala Palace, Tibet
       6. Mount Emei Scenic Area, including the Leshan Giant Buddha (1996)
          Giant Buddha at Leshan
       7. Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997)
         Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou    Pavilion in Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou
        8. Summer Palace & Imperial Garden, Beijing (1998)
          Summer Palace, Beijing
       9. Temple of Heaven, Beijing (1998)
          Outside Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Temple of Heaven    Inside Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Temple of Heaven
       10. Imperial Tombs of the Ming & Qing Dynasties (2000)
             Sacred Way to the Ming Tombs, north of Beijing    One of the Ming Tombs
       11. Historic Centre of Macao (2005)
             Senado Square, Macao
       12. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, Chengdu (2006)
             Giant Pandas at Chengdu
       13. South China Karst (2007)
           Karst Landscape along the Li River   Another scene from the Li River  Karst Landscape of the Stone Forest


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