The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving.
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|
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|Great Mosque of Xi’an||2020||324.6km||site_ao|
|Yuncheng Salt Lake||2019||144.3km||site_ao|
|Levitating Monks Fly Above This Wind Chamber in China||2017||43.2km||site_ao|
|This Terrifying Glass Bridge Appears to Break as You Step On It||2017||274.1km||site_ao|
|The Grand Canal||2014||25.3km||site_whs|
|Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”||2010||55.1km||site_whs|
|Ancient City of Ping Yao||1997||305.4km||site_whs|
|Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains||1994||260.7km||site_whs|
|Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor||1987||308.9km||site_whs|
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