Quanzhou in China to be considered at the 2021 World Heritage Committee

The project “Quanzhou: China’s World Ocean Trade Center under the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)” will be examined at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee this year, to be held from July 16 to 31 in the city of Fuzhou, in the province of Fujian (east of China).

The project is China’s only nomination for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage at the 44th session. The number of heritage sites in this project has increased from 16 to 22, Zhang Lei, head of the World Cultural Heritage Department at the National Cultural Heritage Administration, said Monday at a press conference by the Office of the information of the Council of State Affairs.

Following the opening ceremony, the session will be held online, marking the first time in UNESCO’s history that World Heritage-related topics will be examined and discussed online.

Tian Xuejun, vice minister of education and director of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, at the press conference on July 5. / SCIO

Tian Xuejun, vice minister of education and director of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, at the press conference on July 5. / SCIO

Quanzhou, the Chinese port city, was one of the most important Chinese ports along the historic Maritime Silk Road. A UNESCO team visited the city in 1991, as part of the Organization’s Maritime Silk Road expedition, in recognition of the role it played, according to UNESCO’s official website .

The session will review World Heritage projects for 2020 and 2021, including 45 projects on the World Heritage List pending review and 258 state of the world reports, said Tian Xuejun, Deputy Minister of Education and director of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO at the press conference.

At present, China has a total of 55 World Heritage sites, tied for first place with Italy, Tian said.

(Cover image: Quanzhou City is located in Fujian Province, east China. / CFP)

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