Guangzhou bids for world heritage status for maritime silk road
2014-April-4 Source: english.gz.gov.cn
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Guangzhou officials are now formally bidding for world heritage status for the Maritime Silk Road, following the inclusion of the six heritage sites, including the Nanyue King Mausoleum and Guangxiao Monastery, into the list of candidate Chinese world heritage sites. On March 31, Guangzhou’s bidding office held its first plenary sessions and a rally, announcing that in 2015 Guangzhou will join hands with nine other cities including Nanjing to bid for world heritage status for the Maritime Silk Road. If the bid is successful, Guangzhou will have its first ever “world heritage site”.

Since 2007, in preparation for the bidding for “world heritage status” for the Maritime Silk Road, Guangzhou officials have identified six heritage sites, namely the ruins of the Nanyue King Palace, the Nanyue King Mausoleum, Guangxiao Monastery, the Light Tower at Huaisheng Temple, the Ancient Tombs of Muslim Sages, and the South Sea God Temple and its former pier, as the candidate sites for the application of the status. These six heritage sites, along with the sites in nine other cities including Nanjing and Quanzhou, have been put on the list of candidate Chinese world heritage sites, marking a milestone in the bidding for the “world heritage status” for the Maritime Silk Road.

In January, Guangzhou officials established a task force for the biding of the “world heritage status” for the Maritime Silk Road, responsible for organizing and supervising the bidding work and for providing coordination to solve major issues.

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