World Heritage Adds the Silk Road and Grand Canal to Heritage List
The World Heritage sites added two more spectacular sites in their list namely the ancient Silk Road and the world’s longest artificial waterway China’s Grand Canal. These sites were submitted together by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China and added a part of the Silk Road which was a corridor for trade and cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe as far back s 2,000 years.
The list was approved by the World Heritage Committee during a session with the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the Qatari capital. The application contain s list of 33 historical sites found along the millennium old trade route which include 22 sites in China, eight in Kazakhstan and three sites in Kyrgyzstan. The sites varied from old palaces, pagodas and ruins in remote deserts. This will be the first for China as the country cooperated with other countries in nominating sites for the World Heritage list.
China’s Grand Canal a 1.794 kilometer canal running from Beijing to Hangzhou in the eastern Zejiang Province is a valuable part of the Chinese people diligence and wisdom as the canal has a history of more than 2,400 years and including it on the World Heritage list will enrich its content.
Started in 1978 until 2013 there have been 981 natural and cultural sites around the world has been placed in the World Heritage list. To be included on the list UNESCO said that the nominated site should have outstanding universal value and should also meet one of the 10 criteria given.