Six World Heritage Sites Being Warned

By Li Jing (
Updated: 2007-06-29 10:14

A woman passes Nu River through a ropeway

While celebrations continue for the South China Karst and Kaiping Watchtower being inscribed on the World Heritage list recently, few people have any idea that six World Heritage sites in the country have been warned by UNESCO.

On June 26, during the World Heritage Committee's 10-day annual meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Chinese delegation submitted a report on the restoration of Three Parallel Rivers in Yunnan Province, which finally won the voting and managed to keep its World Heritage status. However, the protected area in Yunnan province still faces the threat of being removed from the list if it cannot pass the further check at next year's annual meeting.

The Three Parallel Rivers, which covers a vast area in the upper reaches of the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha (Yangtze) rivers, received serious concerns from UNESCO for the controversial proposal to build dams and waterpower establishments near the site. China is asked to submit a complete assessment report next year on the potential environment damages due to the dam building project.