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UNESCO senior official hails progress of China's conservation of heritage sites
July 03,2018   By:Xinhua
July 3, 2018--"I visited China for the first time in 1993, when I climbed the Mount Huangshan and was impressed by the diverse natural beauty," said Mechtild Rossler, director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Center, in an interview with Xinhua on Saturday.
She lauded China's contribution to the diversity of world heritage sites in the interview on the sidelines of the 42nd World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, the capital of Bahrain.
China enjoys a rich natural and cultural heritage, many of which were inscribed to the World Heritage List, said the director, recognizing the role of China in increasing the diversity of world heritage.
China is also renowned for the close interaction and integration between people and the nature, said Rossler, referring to the mixed world heritage site of Mount Taishan, where its natural and historic cultural values are well interconnected.
Located in the eastern province of Shandong, Mount Taishan is famous for many rare and unique natural scenic sites, as well as its cultural significance, as it has been a place of worship and royal ceremonies in ancient times.
Speaking of China's effort in preserving the heritage wonders, the director said China has achieved "a lot of progress."
"There has been huge efforts made by Chinese government to preserve the heritage sites," she said. "Not only cultural ones, but also natural ones, like the panda reserves, which are really iconic places in the world."
The giant panda reserves, located in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, are home to more than 30 percent of the world's endangered species of pandas.
Beijing and the local government have invested hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in a series of projects aimed at restoring the panda sanctuaries, after the 8.0-magnitude Wenchuan earthquake in May 2008 which caused extensive damage to the natural reserves in Sichuan and neighboring provinces.
Despite the achievements made, the UNESCO heritage chief pointed out that challenges remain ahead for the conservation of heritage sites in China, including the growing population and urbanization.
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