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Silk Road, Grand Canal added to World Heritage List of 2014

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06-23-2014 19:18 BJT

The 38th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has announced the inclusion of 20 new sites to the World Heritage List for 2014. These includes sites from China, the Republic of Korea, India and a combined site from China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

The ancient Silk Road, which encompasses thousands of years of trade and world history, is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

On Sunday, Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor was added to the World Heritage List by the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee. China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan had jointly applied for the cultural site to be included.

The ancient Silk Road encompassing thousands of years of trade and world history.

The ancient Silk Road encompassing thousands of years of trade and world history.

The newly added world heritage site is a 5,000-kilometer section of the extensive Silk Roads network stretching from Chang’an/Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang Dynasties, to the Zhetysu Region of Central Asia. It took shape between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD and remained in use until the 16th century, linking multiple civilizations and facilitating far-reaching exchanges of activities in trade, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, technological innovation, cultural practices and the arts. It is one of the largest cultural heritage sites to be recognised in human history.

"The origins and paths of different civilizations have great variety. The Silk Road has witnessed diversity and now it is a good opportunity for countries along the route to revive the tradition of friendly communication in economy and culture," Guo Zhan, vice president of International Council on Monuments and Sites, said.

Another cultural site from China to be included in the list is the Grand Canal, which is a vast waterway system in the north-eastern and central-eastern plains of China, running from Beijing in the north to Zhejiang province in the south.

Another cultural site from China to be included in the list is the Grand Canal, which is a vast waterway system in the north-eastern and central-eastern plains of China, running from Beijing in the north to Zhejiang province in the south.

In the 1980s, UNESCO launched a research project on the legendary route that runs through dozens of countries. In the 1990s, more than a hundred experts joined five comprehensive investigations and confirmed 54 corridors. It then took years to sort out all the components that includes capital cities and palace complexes of various empires, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, and all kinds of historic remains.

"World heritages can tell people that peaceful communication plays the most crucial way in human history. Silk Road is the result of mutual improvement and mutual integration," Guo said.

Another cultural site from China to be included in the list is the Grand Canal, which is a vast waterway system in the north-eastern and central-eastern plains of China, running from Beijing in the north to Zhejiang Province in the south. The building of the canal led to a series of gigantic worksites, creating the world’s largest and most extensive civil engineering project before the Industrial Revolution.

 

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