The archaeological site of Yin Xu, close to Anyang City, some 500 km south of Beijing, is an ancient capital city of the late Shang Dynasty (1300 – 1046 BC). It testifies to the golden age of early Chinese culture, crafts and sciences, a time of great prosperity of the Chinese Bronze Age. A number of royal tombs and palaces, prototypes of later Chinese architecture, have been unearthed on the site, including the Palace and Royal Ancestral Shrines Area, with more than 80 house foundations, and the only tomb of a member of the royal family of the Shang Dynasty to have remained intact, the Tomb of Fu Hao. The large number and superb craftsmanship of the burial accessories found there bear testimony to the advanced level of Shang crafts industry. Inscriptions on oracle bones found in Yin Xu bear invaluable testimony to the development of one of the world’s oldest writing systems, ancient beliefs and social systems.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|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|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||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||323.1km||site_ao|
|The Temple and Cemetery of Confucius||2018||248.4km||site_ao|
|Levitating Monks Fly Above This Wind Chamber in China||2017||219.1km||site_ao|
|This Terrifying Glass Bridge Appears to Break as You Step On It||2017||117.4km||site_ao|
|The Grand Canal||2014||231km||site_whs|
|Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth”||2010||217.2km||site_whs|
|Ancient City of Ping Yao||1997||226.7km||site_whs|
|Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu||1994||246.5km||site_whs|
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