Tourists visit the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, central China's Henan Province, April 17, 2017. The Longmen Grottoes has entered into tourist rush season. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)
These grottoes reflect the heyday of Tang Dynasty culture (618-907).
Located 13 km south of Luoyang, Henan province, the Longmen Grottoes are concentrated on the east and west cliffs of the Yishui River, and stretch for one km. Work started on the grottoes around the year 493, during the Northern Wei Dynasty, and continued for the next 400 years.
Large numbers of memorial texts and inscribed stone tablets at the Longmen Grottoes, like the Twenty Gems of Longmen Calligraphy and Zhu Suiliang’s stone tablets, are considered rare treasures of Chinese calligraphy.
The Zhu Suiliang Inscription, made in 641 in honor of the mother of the fourth son of Emperor Taizong, is one of them.
The Longmen Grottoes was added to the list on November 30, 2000.
Situated in the northern part of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China, Lushan Mountain is one of the most renowned mountains and tourism resorts in the country. (Photo/Shanghai Daily)
Situated in the northern part of Jiangxi province, Lushan Mountain is one of China’s most renowned mountains. Lushan National Park, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996, is a prominent tourist attraction that lures millions of tourists each year.
Apart from its breathtaking natural scenery, Lushan is the birthplace of Chinese landscape poetry, plus, the famous Lushan Plenum represents its role in China’s political evolution.
The Lushan National Park was added to the list in December, 1996.
People walk in the street in Lijiang ancient town, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Nov. 16, 2015. Lijiang ancient town was listed as a world cultural heritage site by the UNESCO in 1997. (Photo: Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)
The Old Town of Lijiang, lying on the Lijiang plain at an elevation of 2,400 meters in southwest Yunnan province of China, is one of the last surviving ancient towns in China.
It has been perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site and preserved a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity.
The architecture of the Old Town of Lijiang is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures, and its ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity still functions effectively today.
The Old Town of Lijiang was added to the list in December 1997.
18. Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
Located in southwest of Danjiangkou City, Wudang Mountain, also known as Taihe Mountain, is both a famous scenic spot and a holy site of Taoism, China's indigenous religion. (Photo/China.org.cn)
Located near the city of Danjiangkou in central Hubei province, the Wudang Mountains are home to a famous complex of ancient palaces, temples and Taoist buildings dating back to the 7th century.
It represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years.
The ancient building complex was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1994.
The Macao Light Festival 2017, an annual event put on by the special administrative region's government, was unveiled at the Ruins of St. Paul's on Sunday night, followed by a string of events and festivals to attract tourists. The 17th century Portuguese Church of St. Paul is among Macao landmarks listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Jinjia)
The Historic Center of Macao includes the oldest Western architectural heritage on Chinese soil today.
Together with Macao’s traditional Chinese design, it stands witness to successful East-West cultural pluralism and architectural traditions.
The center is a solid testimony of the city’s missionary role in the Far East while also reflecting the dissemination of Chinese folk beliefs to the Western world.
It is the product of East-West cultural exchanges, forming the most unique blend of cultural heritage existing in China’s historic cities.
Macao was added to the list on July 15, 2005.
The statues of clairvoyance, clairaudience and the Jade Emperor in the Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing municipality. (Photo/The official Wechat account of Dazu Rock Carvings)
The Dazu Rock Carvings are located in Dazu county, Chongqing. Construction began in 650, and continued into the 17th century.
The rock carvings are an outstanding example of China’s grotto art in the middle and late period of ancient China.
So far, 50,000 statues and 100,000 inscribed with Chinese characters have been identified and 75 cliff statue sites are under state protection.
Dazu was added to the World Heritage list on December 1, 1999.