The palaces and temples which form the nucleus of this group of secular and religious buildings exemplify the architectural and artistic achievements of China’s Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Situated in the scenic valleys and on the slopes of the Wudang mountains in Hubei Province, the site, which was built as an organized complex during the Ming dynasty (14th–17th centuries), contains Taoist buildings from as early as the 7th century. It represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|i||To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.||All|
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Yuncheng Salt Lake||2019||281.1km||site_ao|
|Jingzhou’s Epic Guan Yu Statue||2019||262.6km||site_ao|
|Levitating Monks Fly Above This Wind Chamber in China||2017||289.4km||site_ao|
|The Grand Canal||2014||282.5km||site_whs|
|Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”||2010||293km||site_whs|
|Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor||1987||276.6km||site_whs|
|Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor||2014||285.2km||site_whs|
About the source: UNESCO
Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.