Overview of China UNESCO Heritage Sites

By 2016, over 48 remarkable sites in China have been endorsed by the UNESCO to be included in the list of the World Heritage sites. Nominated by a world-recognized organization, the list announces which and where could we discover valuable heritages on our planet.

These precious heritages are categorized into 3 categories:-

  • Cultural Heritage: sites developed by communities of our past generations as a result of their social behavior
  • Natural Heritage: sites formed naturally with impressive physical, biological and geological compositions, or countrysides where threatened species habitat
  • Mixed Heritage: a combination of cultural and natural heritage


China Tourist Attractions

With the World Heritage list, many sites on the list will be marked as must visit on our travel route for those want to explore and see the world, so here we compiled a list of tourist attractions in China based on this information. This page provides the list of China and the corresponding location for the sake of route planning and introduction.

Of the 53 heritage sites in China, 36 are Cultural Heritage Sites, 13 are Natural Heritage Sites, and the remaining 4 are Mixed Heritage Sites.

Even you may not have the chance to study the heritages directly, this website provides a channel to know more about them, learn more about them, and hopefully more people will join in the force of protecting the heritages of mankind.

China Heritage Location in Map

List of Heritage Tourist Attractions in China

Image UNESCO World Heritage of China Location Type
Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China Beijing Cultural Heritage
Forbidden City in Beijing (Gugong) Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

Beijing, Shenyang Cultural Heritage
Koguryo Tomb Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom Jilin Cultural Heritage
Chengde Resort Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde Chengde Cultural Heritage
Ming Tomb: Chang Ling The 13 Mausoleums Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties


  • Beijing and Nanjing
  • Hebei and Liaoning
Cultural Heritage
Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (Tiantan) Beijing Cultural Heritage
Summer Palace in Beijing (Yihe Yuan) Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (Yihe Yuan) Beijing Cultural Heritage
Peking man site Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian Beijing Cultural Heritage
Yungang Grottoes, Datong Yungang Grottoes Datong Cultural Heritage
Mt Wutai Mount Wutai Shanxi Cultural Heritage
Mogao Caves, Dunhuang Mogao Caves Dunhuang Cultural Heritage
Ping Yao Ancient City Ancient City of Ping Yao Pingyao Cultural Heritage
Mt Taishan Mount Taishan Shandong Cultural and Natural Heritage
Confucius Temple Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu Shandong Cultural Heritage
Yinxu, Anyang Yin Xu Anyang Cultural Heritage
Shaolin Temple, Songshan Mount Songshan Shaolin Templeand historic monuments of Dengfeng Zhengzhou Cultural Heritage
Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Luoyang Cultural Heritage
Terracotta Army - Mausoleum of Qin Emperor Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor – Terracotta Army Xi’an Cultural Heritage
Buildings on Mt Wudang Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains Hubei Cultural Heritage
Suzhou Gardens Classical Gardens of Suzhou Jiangsu Province, Suzhou Cultural Heritage
West Lake in Hangzhou (Xihu) West Lake of Hangzhou Hangzhou Cultural Heritage
Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) Huangshan Cultural and Natural Heritage
Xidi and Hongcun Xidi and Hongcun Villages Huangshan Cultural Heritage
Mt Sanqingshan Mount Sanqingshan National Park Jiangxi Natural Heritage
Mt Wuyi Mount Wuyi Xiamen Cultural and Natural Heritage
Mt Lushan Lushan National Park Jiangxi Cultural Heritage
Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area Zhangjiajie Natural Heritage
Dazu Rock Carvings Dazu Rock Carvings Chongqing Cultural Heritage
Mt Emei Mount Emei Scenic Area and Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area Sichuan Cultural and Natural Heritage
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries– Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains SiChuan Natural Heritage
Mt Qingcheng Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System SiChuan Cultural Heritage
Huanglong Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area SiChuan Natural Heritage
Jiuzhaigou Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area SiChuan Natural Heritage
Potala Palace, Lhasa Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa Lhasa Cultural Heritage
Three Parallel Rivers, Yunnan Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas Yunnan Natural Heritage
Lijiang, Yunan Old Town of Lijiang Yunan, Lijiang Cultural Heritage
South China Karst South China Karst Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou Natural Heritage
China Danxia China Danxia Guangdong, Shaoguan Natural Heritage
Fujian Tulou Fujian Nanjiang Tulou and Fujian Yongding Tulou Fujian Cultural Heritage
Macau Historic Centre of Macau Guangdong, Macau Cultural Heritage
Diaolou, Kaiping Kaiping Diaolou and Villages Guangdong, Kaiping Cultural Heritage
Chengjiang Fossil Site Yunnan Natural Heritage
Site of Xanadu Inner Mongolia Cultural Heritage
Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Guangxi Cultural Heritage
Tianshan Xinjiang Natural Heritage
Silk Roads Xinjiang Cultural Heritage
The Grand Canal Cultural Heritage
Qinghai Hoh Xil Xinjiang Natural Heritage
Shennongjia Hubei Natural Heritage
Tusi Sites Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei Cultural Heritage
Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape Guangxi Cultural Heritage
Gulangyu (Kulangsu) Xiamen Cultural Heritage
Fan Ling Shan 梵净山 Guangxi Natural Heritage