In July 2, 2017, the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee opened in Krakow, the ancient city of Poland. At this conference, China declared two projects, including the natural heritage “Hoh Xil” and the cultural heritage “Gulangyu Island”.
July 7, approved by the World Heritage Committee, Hoh Xil was being listed in the “World Heritage List”. This is also the largest world natural heritage of China.
In the following day, July 8, Gulangyu successfully approved by the committee and be listed in the “World Heritage List”.
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Gulangyu is located to the southwest of Xiamen Island, and can be reached in 4.5 minutes by ferry. The island area is 1.87 square kilometers.
The island has a pleasant climate and known as “Marine Garden”. The main tourist attractions are Sunlight Rock, Shuzhuang Garden, Haoyue Garden, Yuyuan Garden, Island Ring Road, Gulang Stone, underwater world and natural bathing beach, etc. It is a combination of historical, culture and natural landscape. It is also a comprehensive island landscape cultural tourism area for tourism, shopping, leisure and entertainment.
Hoh Xil (可可西里)
Hoh Xil locates in the west of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, and covers a total area of 4.5 million hectares. The name Hoh Xil has two meanings, which means “blue ridge” in Mongolian, and “beautiful girl” in Tibetan.
She is recognized as “the last pure land for human”, and is the perfect combination of alpine ecosystems and plateau wetland ecosystems. In Hoh Xil, there are over 210 kinds of plants, of which 72 are endemic to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, such as arenaria kansuensis, Qinghai delphinium, Hoh Kil plum, etc. As well as over 75 species of animals, 12 of them are endemic species, such as Tibetan gazelle, wild yak, Tibetan wild donkey, brown bears and wolves.
Here you will encounter countless kinds of creatures. They constitute a unique ecosystem with the mountains, glaciers, wilderness and lakes.