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New Sites Added to the World Heritage List

Eighteen (18) new cultural and natural sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 8-16 July 2006, three of which are located in Asia and the Pacific region.

The World Heritage Committee recently inscribed 3 new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List in Asia and the Pacific region: Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (China), archaeological site of Yin Xu (China), and Bisotun (Islamic Republic of Iran).

The Giant Panda reserve in Sichuan, a natural property, is one of the few remaining places on earth where highly endangered pandas still live in the wild. While the archaeological site of Bisotun is recognized for its centuries-old bas-relief and cuneiform inscription, Yin Xu testifies to the golden age of early Chinese culture, crafts and sciences, a time of great prosperity of the Chinese Bronze Age.

The World Heritage List now numbers 830 properties in total, forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. These include 644 cultural, 162 natural and 24 mixed properties in 138 States Parties.

There are 167 UNESCO World Heritage inscribed sites in the Asia and Pacific Region. Click here for a complete list of the World Heritage sites in the region.

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World Heritage Center

New Incribed Properties (2006)

Complete List of the World Heritage Sites in the Asia and Pacific Region 


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