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China's Tusi sites listed as world heritage

English.news.cn 2015-07-04 18:24:21

CHINA-TUSI SITES-WORLD HERITAGE LIST (CN)

This undated file photo shows Laosicheng site and Lingxi River in central China's Hunan Province. Tusi sites -- the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions in south-central and southwest China -- were inscribed in the World Heritage List on Saturday. The inscribed sites, located in mountainous areas, are Laosicheng in Hunan Province, Tangya in Hubei Province and Hailongtun Fortress in Guizhou Province. Tusi literally means hereditary tribal headmen appointed by Chinese emperors to govern the often unruly ethnic minority regions in the central and western parts of south China, where the specific tribal governance system was adopted from the 13th to the early 20th century. (Xinhua)

BONN, Germany, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Tusi sites -- the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions in south-central and southwest China -- were inscribed in the World Heritage List on Saturday.

The World Heritage Committee unanimously approved the inscription at its annual meeting in the western German city of Bonn, in recognition of the "universal value" reflected in the Tusi Sites.

The inscribed sites, located in mountainous areas, are Laosicheng in Hunan Province, Tangya in Hubei Province and Hailongtun Fortress in Guizhou Province.

Tusi literally means hereditary tribal headmen appointed by Chinese emperors to govern the often unruly ethnic minority regions in the central and western parts of south China, where the specific tribal governance system was adopted from the 13th to the early 20th century.

The committee said the system aimed at unifying national administration while simultaneously allowing ethnic minorities to retain their customs and way of life.

The combination of local ethnic and central Chinese features at the sites exhibits an interchange of values and testifies to imperial Chinese administrative methods, it added.

Tong Mingkang, deputy director of China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage, told the committee that the inscription represents a recognition of China's efforts in protecting its cultural diversity.

China, he added, will enhance its efforts in heritage protection and management according to rules of the World Heritage Convention, improve the living state of local citizens and help promote the development of traditional culture of different ethnic groups from generation to generation.

Wei Shuwang, acting mayor of Zunyi city in Guizhou Province, home to Hailongtun Fortress, said it is a great honor for his city to have its first world cultural heritage.

Zunyi will treat protection of the heritage site as a top priority and roll out a set of measures, including controlling the number of tourists and prohibiting construction of tourism facilities within the core protection zone, added the municipal official.

The World Heritage Committee started its Bonn meeting on June 28 and will examine 36 nominations of new heritage sites -- five natural sites, 30 cultural sites and one mixed site.

The inscription of the Tusi sites increased the number of world heritage sites in China to 48, only fewer than Italy.

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China's Tusi sites listed as world heritage
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CHINA-TUSI SITES-WORLD HERITAGE LIST (CN)

This undated file photo shows Laosicheng site and Lingxi River in central China's Hunan Province. Tusi sites -- the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions in south-central and southwest China -- were inscribed in the World Heritage List on Saturday. The inscribed sites, located in mountainous areas, are Laosicheng in Hunan Province, Tangya in Hubei Province and Hailongtun Fortress in Guizhou Province. Tusi literally means hereditary tribal headmen appointed by Chinese emperors to govern the often unruly ethnic minority regions in the central and western parts of south China, where the specific tribal governance system was adopted from the 13th to the early 20th century. (Xinhua)

BONN, Germany, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Tusi sites -- the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions in south-central and southwest China -- were inscribed in the World Heritage List on Saturday.

The World Heritage Committee unanimously approved the inscription at its annual meeting in the western German city of Bonn, in recognition of the "universal value" reflected in the Tusi Sites.

The inscribed sites, located in mountainous areas, are Laosicheng in Hunan Province, Tangya in Hubei Province and Hailongtun Fortress in Guizhou Province.

Tusi literally means hereditary tribal headmen appointed by Chinese emperors to govern the often unruly ethnic minority regions in the central and western parts of south China, where the specific tribal governance system was adopted from the 13th to the early 20th century.

The committee said the system aimed at unifying national administration while simultaneously allowing ethnic minorities to retain their customs and way of life.

The combination of local ethnic and central Chinese features at the sites exhibits an interchange of values and testifies to imperial Chinese administrative methods, it added.

Tong Mingkang, deputy director of China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage, told the committee that the inscription represents a recognition of China's efforts in protecting its cultural diversity.

China, he added, will enhance its efforts in heritage protection and management according to rules of the World Heritage Convention, improve the living state of local citizens and help promote the development of traditional culture of different ethnic groups from generation to generation.

Wei Shuwang, acting mayor of Zunyi city in Guizhou Province, home to Hailongtun Fortress, said it is a great honor for his city to have its first world cultural heritage.

Zunyi will treat protection of the heritage site as a top priority and roll out a set of measures, including controlling the number of tourists and prohibiting construction of tourism facilities within the core protection zone, added the municipal official.

The World Heritage Committee started its Bonn meeting on June 28 and will examine 36 nominations of new heritage sites -- five natural sites, 30 cultural sites and one mixed site.

The inscription of the Tusi sites increased the number of world heritage sites in China to 48, only fewer than Italy.

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