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To date, there are 52 sites of world heritage in China, including 36 cultural heritage sites, 12 world natural heritage sites and 4 cultural & natural sites. Some destinations own several sites, like Beijing, Yunnan, Sichuan, Shanxi, Henan and etc. While some heritage sites belong to multiple places, like Silk Road.
To help you understand them directly, here is the updated China World Heritage Sites list to get a general idea.
Note: C for Cultural Heritage; N for Natural Heritage; C/N is for Cultural & Natural Heritage site.
|Heritage site/Listed-time||Category||Location||Heritage site/Listed-time||Category||Location|
|Great Wall of China (1987)||C||Beijing||Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997)||C||Suzhou|
|Forbidden City (1987)||C||Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan (1997)||C||Yunnan|
|Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (1987)||C||Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan (2003)||N|
|Temple of Heaven (1998)||C||Chengjiang Fossil Site (2012)||N|
|Summer Palace (1998)||C||Hani Terraced Fields, Yunnan (2013)||C|
|Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (2000)||C||Pingyao Ancient City (1997)||C||Shanxi|
|Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (1987)||C||Xian||Yungang Grottoes in Datong (2001)||C|
|Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang(1987)||C||Gansu||Mount Wutai (2009)||C|
|Mount Taishan (1987)||C/N||Shandong||Dazu Rock Carvings (1999)||C||Chongqing|
|Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion (1994)||C||Mount Wuyi, Fujian (1999)||C/N||Fujian|
|Hoh Xil (2017)||N||Qinghai||Gulangyu Island (2017)||C|
|Mount Huangshan (1990)||C/N||Anhui||Fujian Tulou (2008)||C|
|Xidi &Hongcun Ancient Villages (2000)||C||Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang (2000)||C||Henan|
|Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)||N||Sichuan||Yin Xu, the ruins of Shang Dynasty (2006)||C|
|Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area (1992)||N||Shaolin Temple (2010)||C|
|Mount Emei Scenic Area & Leshan Giant Buddha (1996)||C/N||Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (2004)||C||Jilin|
|Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (2000)||C||Historic Centre of Macao (2005)||C||Macao|
|Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (2006)||N||Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (2007)||C||Guangdong|
|Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)||N||Zhangjiajie||South China Karst (2007)||N||South China|
|Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace (1994)||C||Tibet||West Lake (2011)||C||Hangzhou|
|Lushan National Park (1996)||C||Jiangxi||The Site of Xanadu (2012)||C||Inner Mongolia|
|Mount Sanqingshan National Park (2008)||N||Xinjiang Tianshan (2013)||N||Xinjiang|
|The Grand Canal (2014)||C||Beijing/Hangzhou||Silk Road (2014)||C||Henan/Shaanxi/Gansu/ Xinjiang|
|Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (1994)||C||Hubei||Mountain Resort , Chengde (1994)||C||Hebei|
|Tusi Sites (2015)||C||China Danxia Landform (2010)||N||South China|
|Shennongjia Forestry District (2016)||C||Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art (2016)||C||Guangxi|
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