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2007 Award of Merit

Lijiang Ancient Town

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Jury Citation

The ancient town of Lijiang, located in Yunnan province, is renowned for its diverse local cultures and ethnic flavours. After being listed as a World Heritage site in 1997, the rapid growth of local tourism has had a great impact on the city. In 2002, the process of conservation planning for the historic city was started. So far, 174 traditional houses long with the historic landscape have been restored in a manner which retains their authenticity.