Beijing sites in World Heritage status bid

14th Aug 2012

Visitors to China are being urged to consider a stay in Beijing, where two of the city's most important landmarks have been put forward for World Heritage accreditation.

China's latest application to Unesco, the body in charge of conferring World Heritage status on iconic sites, names the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Heroes in Beijing.

The two sites are nowhere near as old as others in the Asian country, yet they are still widely held to represent the "real China".

Wei Ruifeng, deputy director of the Dongcheng District Culture Commission, is backing the bid for the Unesco accreditation. "Both structures constitute heritage and a heritage site does not have to be 100 years old to qualify as a World Heritage site," he commented.

He added that Beijing had managed to maintain its traditional character in spite of undergoing rapid modernisation over the years.

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