China World Heritage Sites

To date, there are 57 sites of world heritage in China, including 39 cultural heritage sites, 14 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 Jingmai Mountain (2023) C Yunnan
Forbidden City (1987) C Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan (1997) C
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
Fanjingshan (2018) N Guizhou Quanzhou 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
Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (2019) N Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City (2019) C
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
Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997) C Suzhou

Plan a China Tour with Top World heritage sites?

With numerous world heritage sites in China to choose from, here we’ve listed some of the top China Heritage sites for you. And all China heritage tours can be customized to meet your needs.

5 Days Lijiang & Shangri-La Highlights Tour
(Lijiang / Shangri-La)
5 Days Essence of Shanghai & Hangzhou Tour
(Shanghai / Hangzhou / Shanghai)
6 Days Beijing Datong Essence Tour
( Beijing / Datong)
6 Days Leshan, Mount Emei & Panda Volunteer Tour
(Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Bifengxia / Chengdu)
7 Days China Ancient Essence Tour by Flight
(Beijing / Xian)
10 Days Classic China Tour from Shanghai
(Shanghai / Guilin / Yangshuo / Guilin / Xian / Beijing)
12 Days Silk Road Tour from Beijing
(Beijing / Xian / Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi)

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