Fujian Takes Up 1/9 of “China’s Tentative Lists” for World Cultural Heritage

In the morning on Nov 17, State Administration of Cultural Heritage announced the new China’s World Cultural Heritage Tentative lists on World Cultural Heritage Conference held in Beijing. There are totally 45 selected to the list, and Gulangyu Island, three Lanes and Seven Alleys, Maritime Silk Road, Minnan(southern Fujian) Red Brick Buildings and Timber Arch Lounge Bridges declared by Fujian Province are all elected.

Gulangyu Island: Located at southwestern Xiamen Island, it was originally named Yuansha Islet, Yuanzhouzai. When waves pounding the marine-eroded cave, it sounds like somebody banging a drum(translated into Chinese as “Gu”), hence the name “Gulangyu”. Because of some historical reasons, buildings of both Chinese traditional style and foreign style assembles here and are well preserved, so it is hailed as “World Architecture Expo”. In addition, Xiamen Island is also a music land which has bred many brilliant music talents. With piano density here ranks the first across the country, it is also known as “the Island of Piano”.

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys: Situated in center Fuzhou and covering an area of 38.35 hectares, it reserves the basic construction of city space in Tang and Song Dynasties, with 159 well-preserved ancient buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasties, among which 9 are State-Level Key Cultural Relic Protection Units and 8 are at provincial level. Therefore, it was hailed as “Museum of Ming and Qing Buildings” and “the living fossil of urban population management system”.

Maritime Silk Road: It is an important sea route for transportation and trade between ancient Chian and foreign countries.