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  1. Heritage sites retain status despite Unesco's concern over 'problems'

    Posted Jun 29th 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... strategies, which have left many world heritage sites vulnerable to economic activities. 'Almost all the world heritage sites in China have more or less the same problems in terms of conservation ... 'We hope local governments managing other world heritage sites in China can learn a lesson from the Three Parallel Rivers that a listing as a world heritage site means taking responsibility ...

  2. Our sites 'not worth World Heritage List'

    Posted Mar 10th 2007, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... It put aside many other Chinese heritage sites and promoted the Macau cluster as China's only bid for inclusion in the world list in 2005. Dr Ng said mainland experts invited to evaluate ... Leisure and Cultural Services Department assistant director Louis Ng Chi-wa told legislators the city should face up to the fact that its heritage sites were not quite up to world-class standards. ...

  3. Beijing must protect world heritage listings

    Posted Jun 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The annual sessions of the UN's World Heritage Committee are keenly watched by governments. If sites they have submitted for inclusion on the World Heritage List are selected, ... the sites. World heritage listing carries benefits, but also obligations to conserve and protect. Beijing is not so desperate for electricity that it needs to dam the last of its wild rivers, nor ...

  4. Plan to restrict Great Wall visits

    Posted Nov 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the plan would cover a 325-sq-km area of tourist attractions on Beijing's outskirts, including Badaling, the Ming Tombs and several less well-known sites. The plan, set to run until 2020, ... on the way to Badaling. The two sites are often visited in one day. Meanwhile, the Badaling Wildlife Park near a Beijing section of the Great Wall may be closed to protect the integrity ...

  5. Ultimatum on damage at leading scenic sites

    Posted May 05th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... sites after the Labour Day 'golden week' holiday ends on Monday. The ministry will name sites that fail to make the grade and suggest they be stripped of their status as national tourist areas, a circular posted on the ministry's website said. '[We] will announce the names of the country's 10 worst national scenic spots, historic sites and tourist areas ...

  6. Macau sheds light on heritage site concern

    Posted Nov 29th 2007, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... received a copy of the Beijing letter. 'The government will do a thorough study on how to manage World Heritage sites effectively,' Ms Ho said. Unesco listed the lighthouse as a World Heritage site in 2005. Standing atop a 91-metre-high hill, it was the first modern lighthouse built on China's coast. Last month, the government backed down on a demand that the tower's ...

  7. Threatened wonders

    Posted Jul 20th 2007, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... rice terraces certainly do not, either. In 2001, Unesco moved them from its main World Heritage List to its list of endangered sites. While the World Heritage List aims to promote conservation, ... money-earner, preservation too often comes a distant second for developing nations. There are 851 sites on the World Heritage List. That is too many, and most are generally too obscure ...

  8. Unesco 'endangered' list for mainland sites denied

    Posted Jun 27th 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... with China's conservation of at least some of the World Heritage sites.' She said officials have been asked to report on the renovation project at the Forbidden City and the rapid urban ... putting up to six World Heritage sites in the country on an endangered list, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Potala Palace in Lhasa. But an official with the Ministry ...

  9. Yunnan scraps Tiger Leaping Gorge dam

    Posted Dec 21st 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... at the gorge, one of the deepest river canyons in the world and close to a World Heritage site. 'They decided to stop damming of the gorge so as to preserve the integrity of the natural scenery ... would have been evicted to make way for the project. The new site, which had yet to be chosen from three options available, was expected to displace about 20,000 people, the sources said ...

  10. Remains of the days

    Posted Mar 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was created,' says British Museum director Neil MacGregor, who is in China as part of an agreement between two of the world's greatest art institutions. The British Museum, founded by a doctor ... studying the Chinese heritage. The British Museum was the first attempt to put the whole world into one building.' With 170 objects on loan from London, the Palace Museum's contribution ...




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