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China's Gulangyu historic intl settlement enters world heritage list
From:Xinhua  Writer:  Date:2017-07-11
The 41th session of the World Heritage Committee on Saturday decided to put China's Gulangyu historic international settlement on the prestigious World Heritage List as a cultural site.

One day earlier, Qinghai Hoh Xil was put on the list as a natural site, becoming the 51st Chinese site inscribed on the list.


An undated file photo of Gulangyu. [Photo/VCG]


A scene of Gulangyu is shown in this photo taken on July 8, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Commenting on the Committee's decision, Fu Qisheng, head of the Fujian Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage, told Xinhua: "The successful inscription of 'Gulangyu historic international settlement' to the list marks the fact that China's world heritage undertakings have made significant progress, and shows that the cultural construction and cultural relics protection in Fujian Province has reached a new level. For those working for the Fujian cultural relics protection, it is both great honor and a huge responsibility."


An undated file photo of Gulangyu. [Photo/VCG]


The photo taken on Sept 25, 2015 shows the historical buildings and roads in Gulangyu. [Photo/VCG]


The photo taken on May 15, 2016 shows a man pulling a cart in Gulangyu. All stuff on the island is trasported by human-pulled carts since motorized vehicles are banned there. [Photo/VCG]

Fu said that the 21 members of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee spoke highly of Gulangyu -- a unique place which witnessed the process of multicultural exchanges and integration.


The photo taken on May 27, 2017 shows an artist portraiting a tourist in Gulangyu. [Photo/VCG]


The photo taken on May 27, 2017 show an old tree in Gulangyu. The tree is 170 years old, one of the oldest on the island. [Photo/VCG]


The photo taken on May 27, 2017 shows a temple and a Christian church in Gulangyu. The people on the island have different faiths. [Photo/VCG]

Gulangyu Island is located on the estuary of Jiulong River facing the city of Xiamen. Its heritage includes a settlement composed of 931 historical buildings, representing a variety of local and international architectural styles, natural sceneries, historic roads and gardens. Gulangyu is an exceptional example of cultural fusion.

The Committee holds the session in Krakow, south Poland between July 2 and 12 and is supposed to assess the nomination of 34 sites for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List.


 
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