Jinggang Mountain to Be Submitted to UNESCO for World Heritage Status

Jinggang Mountain to Be Submitted to UNESCO for World Heritage StatusThe Jiangxi Provincial Government has included in its list of task for 2011 the submission of its application for Jinggang Mountain to have the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage status.

The mountain where late Chairman Mao Zedong established the first rural revolutionary base in October 1927, has become an increasingly popular attraction for domestic tourists interested in revolutionary history. Along with Yan’an in Shaanxi Province, Jinggang Mountain has become one of the country’s most important revolutionary sites. It is celebrated on posters and in songs and operas.

The mountain lured about 70,000 foreign tourists to Jinggangshan City in 2009 and more tourists are expected if the site wins the UNESCO designation.

Mei Liming, Jinggangshan City Party chief said, that the mountain deserves the honor because of its green resources, biodiversity, red culture and revolutionary history. They began preparing the application in 2009 and listed the submission on their work agenda this year.

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